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oddity

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noun odd·i·ty \ˈä-də-tē\

Simple Definition of oddity

  • : a strange or unusual person or thing

  • : the quality or state of being strange or unusual

Full Definition of oddity

plural odd·i·ties

  1. 1 :  an odd person, thing, event, or trait

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being odd

Examples of oddity

  1. Her shyness makes her a bit of an oddity in the business world.

  2. The zoo has such oddities as anteaters and platypuses.



1713

First Known Use of oddity

1713



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