odd

adjective
\ ˈäd How to pronounce odd (audio) \

Definition of odd

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : being without a corresponding (see corresponding sense 1) mate an odd shoe
b(1) : left over after others are paired or grouped came without his wife and thus turned out to be the odd guest at the party
(2) : separated from a set or series had in his possession only two or three odd volumes of the original 12-volume set
2a : 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
3a : being any of the integers (such as −3, −1, +1, and +3) that are not divisible by two without leaving a remainder
b : marked by an odd number of units needed two odd-length boards, one of three feet and one of five feet
c : being a function (see function entry 1 sense 5a) 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
4a : not regular, expected, or planned worked at odd jobs
b : encountered or experienced from time to time : occasional manages to get in some reading at odd moments
5 : having an out-of-the-way location : remote found it in some odd corner of the house
6 : differing markedly from the usual, ordinary, or accepted : peculiar a very odd way to show gratitude

Definition of ODD (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from odd

Adjective

oddness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for odd

Synonyms: Adjective

unmatched, unpaired

Antonyms: Adjective

matched, paired

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Adjective

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

Examples of odd in a Sentence

Adjective

She had an odd look on her face. People would call at odd hours during the night. She's got a really odd sense of humor. Some rather odd people used to live in this house. There was something odd about his story. It's odd that nobody told me about this before. That's odd. He was here a minute ago. That is one of the oddest creatures I have ever seen. She kept a stack of magazines that she would read at odd moments. During the summer, he would do odd jobs for his neighbors to earn extra money.
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Except, lifting an odd-shaped boulder is a lot different than lifting a kettlebell or medicine ball. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried Underwater Rock Running, the Endurance Workout Surfers Swear By," 28 Feb. 2019 Only that one of its most remarkable characteristics is this odd combination, quite rare and, in its way, admirable. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The timing of this is also odd: The US is currently attempting to broker talks between the Afghan government, which the US backs, and the Taliban. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump will reportedly remove 7,000 troops from Afghanistan," 21 Dec. 2018 There was a moment of silence, and then something odd happened. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives," 13 Oct. 2018 Earlier this week, World of Warcraft players noticed something odd: After traveling from one zone to another, their quest log would appear completely empty. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Valve's finally releasing a game again, Yakuza 6 might come to PC," 3 Aug. 2018 And while the images are standard enough as far as these things go, some intrepid fans have zeroed in on one photo in particular after noticing something odd happening with Kourtney’s right arm — or what’s left of it. Dan Barna, Allure, "Calvin Klein Says Kourtney Kardashian Was Not a Victim of a "Photoshop Fail"," 3 Aug. 2018 To think that there never is going to be another protest of them at a Warped show is odd, but how I am connected to the WBC is more peculiar. Kosha Dillz, Billboard, "Tales From the Tents: An Insider's View Into the Final Warped Tour, Continued," 7 July 2018 Two years ago, Sanjaya Wijeratne—a computer science PhD student at Wright State University—noticed something odd in his research. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Academics Gathered to Share Emoji Research, and It Was 🔥," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of odd

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for odd

Adjective

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

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odd

adjective

English Language Learners 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

odd

adjective
\ ˈäd How to pronounce odd (audio) \
odder; oddest

Kids Definition of odd

1 : not usual or common : strange Walking backward is an odd thing to do.
2 : not usual, expected, or planned He does odd jobs to earn extra money. Finding the passage was an odd stroke of luck.
3 : not capable of being divided by two without leaving a remainder The odd numbers include 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
4 : not one of a pair or a set She found an odd glove.
5 : being or having a number that cannot be divided by two without leaving a remainder an odd year
6 : some more than the number mentioned The ship sank fifty odd years ago.

Other Words from odd

oddly adverb
oddness noun

Medical Definition of ODD

oppositional defiant disorder

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