odd·​ly | \ ˈäd-lē How to pronounce oddly (audio) \

Definition of oddly

1 : in an odd manner
2 : as is odd was quite happy, oddly enough

Examples of oddly in a Sentence

the house's oddly shaped roof Their lives had been oddly similar.
Recent Examples on the Web Think that not quite hot but somehow oddly appealing dude who lived on your freshman hall, had off-beat taste in music, and still pulled a shocking number of girls. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Yes, You Should Absolutely Have a Hot Girl Summer," 11 July 2019 Rethink Your Fur Fur, once more synonymous with posh grandmothers than trendy millennials, gets reimagined each season in increasingly outlandish (yet oddly appealing) ways. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "5 Styling Tweaks to Make Right Now," 31 Jan. 2018 Two upcoming off days, Monday and (oddly) Friday make the timing uncertain. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants rookie Logan Webb earns another start with solid debut," 18 Aug. 2019 And, oddly enough, there is another nominee (Adams) who portrays a Munchausen victim. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Weighing the Odds in the Races for Lead Actor and Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie," 15 Aug. 2019 Animals ingesting meth is, oddly, a topic that's made headlines on numerous occasions in recent months. Fox News, "New Mexico man force-fed cat meth, battered girlfriend, police say," 14 Aug. 2019 Facebook also realizes the importance of building a clean user interface (oddly, something that remains a struggle for many crypto-native organizations). Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "The winners and losers of Facebook’s Libra," 29 June 2019 Under the new rules, reporters would be barred from the floor for violent felony convictions such as assault and rape — as well as, oddly, misdemeanor trespassing. Antonia Noori Farzan, BostonGlobe.com, "As GOP spokeswoman in Ariz., Grisham yanked reporters’ access after critical coverage," 26 June 2019 Less mature markets, oddly, are starting to look safer: taking no chances, funds lending there insist on robust covenants. The Economist, "Buy-out firms are the new banks in emerging markets," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of oddly

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of oddly was in 1597

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English Language Learners Definition of oddly

: in a strange or unusual way
used to say that something is strange, odd, or surprising

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to spread as a report or rumor

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