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adjective \ˈäd\

Simple Definition of odd

  • : strange or unusual : different from what is normal or expected

  • : happening in a way that is not planned or regular

  • : of different kinds or types

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of odd

  1. 1 a :  being without a corresponding mate <an odd shoe> b (1) :  left over after others are paired or grouped (2) :  separated from a set or series

  2. 2 a :  somewhat more than the indicated approximate quantity, extent, or degree —usually used in combination <300-odd pages> b (1) :  left over as a remainder <had a few odd dollars left after paying his bills> (2) :  constituting a small amount <had some odd change in her pocket>

  3. 3 a :  being any of the integers (as −3, −1, +1, and +3) that are not divisible by two without leaving a remainder b :  marked by an odd number of units c :  being a function such that f (−x) = −f (x) where the sign is reversed but the absolute value remains the same if the sign of the independent variable is reversed

  4. 4 a :  not regular, expected, or planned <worked at odd jobs> b :  encountered or experienced from time to time :  occasional

  5. 5 :  having an out-of-the-way location :  remote

  6. 6 :  differing markedly from the usual or ordinary or accepted :  peculiar

oddness noun

Examples of odd in a sentence

  1. She had an odd look on her face.

  2. People would call at odd hours during the night.

  3. She's got a really odd sense of humor.

  4. Some rather odd people used to live in this house.

  5. There was something odd about his story.

  6. It's odd that nobody told me about this before.

  7. That's odd. He was here a minute ago.

  8. That is one of the oddest creatures I have ever seen.

  9. She kept a stack of magazines that she would read at odd moments.

  10. During the summer, he would do odd jobs for his neighbors to earn extra money.

Origin of odd

Middle English odde, from Old Norse oddi point of land, triangle, odd number; akin to Old English ord point of a weapon

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of odd

strange, singular, unique, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, odd, quaint, outlandish mean departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected. strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable <a journey filled with strange sights>. singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness <a singular feeling of impending disaster>. unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel <a career unique in the annals of science>. peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness <the peculiar status of America's first lady>. eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior <the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers>. erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating <a friend's suddenly erratic behavior>. odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected <an odd sense of humor>. quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness <a quaint fishing village>. outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric <outlandish fashions of the time>.

Rhymes with odd

ODD Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈäd\

Definition of odd for Students


  1. 1 :  not usual or common :  strange <Walking backward is an odd thing to do.>

  2. 2 :  not usual, expected, or planned <He does odd jobs to earn extra money.> <Finding the passage was an odd stroke of luck.>

  3. 3 :  not capable of being divided by two without leaving a remainder <The odd numbers include 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.>

  4. 4 :  not one of a pair or a set <She found an odd glove.>

  5. 5 :  being or having a number that cannot be divided by two without leaving a remainder <an odd year>

  6. 6 :  some more than the number mentioned <The ship sank fifty odd years ago.>

oddly adverb
oddness noun

Medical Dictionary



Medical Definition of ODD

  1. oppositional defiant disorder

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