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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

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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 Are there any odd smells or signs of poor workmanship? Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "House Hunting During the Pandemic? Here’s Your Do’s and Don’ts for Virtual Home Tours," 12 May 2020 But something else bothered me: the pattern of magnetic stripes was odd for a broad shield that had formed like a layer cake. William W. Sager, Scientific American, "Giant Volcano Rewrites the Story of Seafloor Formation," 1 May 2020 Her best lines were odd non sequiturs that revealed disturbing flashes of family history. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The “Schitt’s Creek” Series Finale: The Vindication of Twyla," 8 Apr. 2020 Parrish's homesickness might seem odd considering that China has been a Communist country since 1949. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Auto exec fled China after coronavirus outbreak and still can't return home," 12 Mar. 2020 No, this reminder of appreciation is spurred by the ending, which might seem odd considering the Patriots lost their second in a row and third in five games. BostonGlobe.com, "The tributes can wait until there’s no time left on the clock, if this is indeed the free-agent-to-be’s final season as a Patriot. There’s still time to appreciate him while he’s here. Especially now, as he fights valiantly while so much around him falters and fades.," 11 Dec. 2019 That would be the first staging of a modern Olympics in an odd-numbered year. Jon Herskovitz, Bloomberg.com, "When Will Tokyo 2020 Olympics Go Ahead? Not This Year," 29 Apr. 2020 Detectives thought Downs’ demeanor during interviews was odd and that her story seemed far-fetched. oregonlive, "Notorious convicted child killer Diane Downs believes coronavirus swept through her prison, compares it to classic gothic horror story," 16 Apr. 2020 Other telescopes around the world soon kicked into action, measuring the object's various characteristics, which turned out to be very odd, indeed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: ‘Oumuamua interstellar object might be remnant of a “super-Earth”," 14 Apr. 2020

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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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“Odd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odd. Accessed 28 May. 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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