odd·ly | \ ˈäd-lē \

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.

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Mrs May’s oddly successful week puts her in a good position to start selling the Chequers compromise. The Economist, "What doesn’t kill her makes Theresa May stronger," 12 July 2018 Set to overly dramatic music, watching this tower come crashing down is oddly captivating. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Watch NASCAR track's 150-foot scoring tower come crashing down," 24 Apr. 2018 Beiber and Baldwin are both very famous people, and seeing them enjoying such a private moment together feels oddly voyeuristic. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Are Justin Bieber & Ariana Grande Trying To One-Up Each Other On PDA?," 14 July 2018 One of our taller reviewers could not get comfortable, with his legs always at an angle and most of his thighs unsupported by the oddly short bottom cushions. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 But, on the whole, Chicha is oddly frictionless, unsurprising, like an advertisement enticing tourists to an all-inclusive luxury resort. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chicha, the Delicious New Nicaraguan Restaurant That Caters to Millennial Cliché," 12 July 2018 Our commerce community manager, Lauren Swanson, also finds the pore strip process oddly rewarding. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Do Pore Strips Really Work? Here's What Dermatologists Say," 21 June 2018 Much more eye-catching are the jerseys that incorporate — however obliquely and oddly — a little national culture or emblem: Japan’s Samurai spots are the perfect example. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "A Fashion Expert and a Football Expert Had a Conversation About World Cup Kits," 15 June 2018 Railsback, oddly enough, broke out as an actor 24 years before his turn as Gein, playing Charles Manson in the TV movie Helter Skelter. PEOPLE.com, "Serial Killers Who Inspired Haunting Hollywood Portrayals," 12 July 2018

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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 deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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