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Definition of odd

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1 : differing markedly from the usual, ordinary, or accepted : peculiar a very odd way to show gratitude
2a : 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
3a : 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
4a : 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
5a : somewhat more than the indicated approximate quantity, extent, or degree usually used in combination300-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
6 : having an out-of-the-way location : remote found it in some odd corner of the house

variant spelling of

used as a mild oath

Definition of ODD (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from odd


oddness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for odd

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What's odd is that these offers are posted without the context of money at signing, term of lease, or any other detail. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "The Best Lease Deals on Two-Seaters and Hellcats for January 2020," 11 Jan. 2020 The depth and duration of the orbit fluctuate and its transit in front of the two stars is odd, occurring every between 93 and 95 days. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Satellite Discovers 'Second Earth'," 8 Jan. 2020 Some will likely bemoan the CPU performance hit, but the 6-core Comet Lake U was always in a bit of an odd space. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Dell's XPS 13 9300 gets 10nm 10th-gen CPUs, a bigger display and upgradable storage," 3 Jan. 2020 That leaves an odd number of remaining ACC schools, one of which will be left without a conference game and potentially in need of an opponent. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "UConn football announces 2020 games with North Carolina, Old Dominion and Middle Tennessee, finalizing first independent schedule," 25 Nov. 2019 In August, President Donald Trump noticed something odd on Fox News—a poll had shown multiple Democrats beating him in an election. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, "Fox and Foes," 11 Oct. 2019 There’s also something odd about the lack of symmetry, since there are two lenses on the left and one on the right, instead of two on the bottom and one on the top. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max review: High quality for high prices," 26 Sep. 2019 Previously, locals knew something odd was happening in the desert but details were scarce and hard to verify. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Why two million people signed up to storm Area 51," 20 Sep. 2019 Something odd is stirring in the depths of Canada's Kidd Mine. NBC News, "Strange life-forms found deep in a mine point to vast 'underground Galapagos'," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of odd


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for odd


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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27 Jan 2020

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“Odd.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odd. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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
\ 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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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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