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noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈädz\

Simple Definition of odds

  • : the possibility that something will happen : the chance that one thing will happen instead of a different thing

  • : conditions that make it difficult for something to happen

  • : two numbers that show how much a person can win by betting a certain amount of money

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of odds

  1. 1 a archaic :  inequalities b obsolete :  degree of unlikeness

  2. 2 a :  an amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another <won the election by considerable odds> b (1) :  a difference favoring one of two opposed things <overwhelming odds> (2) :  a difference in terms of advantage or disadvantage <what's the odds, if thinking so makes them happy — Flora Thompson> c (1) :  the probability that one thing is so or will happen rather than another :  chances <the odds are against it> (2) :  the ratio of the probability of one event to that of an alternative event

  3. 3 :  disagreement, variance —usually used with at <faculty and administration often are at odds on everything — W. E. Brock b1930>

  4. 4 a :  special favor :  partiality b :  an allowance granted by one making a bet to one accepting the bet and designed to equalize the chances favoring one of the bettors c :  the ratio between the amount to be paid off for a winning bet and the amount of the bet

by all odds

  1. :  in every way :  without question <by all odds the best book of the year>

Circa 1520

First Known Use of odds

circa 1520

ODDS Defined for Kids


noun plural \ˈädz\

Definition of odds for Students

  1. 1 :  a difference in favor of one thing over another <She wanted to improve her odds of winning.>

  2. 2 :  conditions that make something difficult <He overcame great odds and succeeded.>

  3. 3 :  disagreement 1 <Those two are always at odds with one another.>

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