odd duck


plural odd ducks
: a strange person
"Oh, sure, I remember him from when I was a kid," [Lynn] Hewlett says. "… He was always aloof. Wouldn't speak to anyone. He was an odd duck. …"Mel White

Examples of odd duck in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of odd duck was in 1875

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“Odd duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odd%20duck. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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