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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Soon, the mess was gone, the threat to my child was erased, and my sanity felt not only intact, but oddly refreshed. Lorraine Allen, Good Housekeeping, "My Child Has a Severe Allergy, But I Secretly Ate Her Forbidden Food Anyway," 20 Dec. 2018 Playing defense, oddly enough, has begun to matter again. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Soap Opera Is Ready for Its Twist Ending," 19 Dec. 2018 This look oddly works best with fashion looks that are sleek and minimal and don't involve lace–which feels romantic, while this feels far more contemporary. Putnam & Putnam, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Wedding Colors For Spring," 17 Jan. 2017 Then, oddly, Mulvaney got a second gig — he was appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff," 15 Dec. 2018 This lets users produce oddly shaped objects with high precision, and MakerBot says that a very experienced user could still get good results from a cheaper Replicator. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 2018 Especially, oddly, Tom Friedman, this is a big thing of Tom Friedman’s in his last book. Eric Johnson, Recode, "We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton," 24 Oct. 2018 Eventually the ballet dancers, all oddly costumed by Linda Cho in casual clothes with paint-rag smudges, don hard tap shoes and toy with tap moves that begin in silence and segue into more Ellington. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘ABT Women’s Movement’ Review: Creative Empowerment," 23 Oct. 2018 Despite making such a big fuss over its burgers earlier this year, IHOP, oddly, is giving away a free side of buttermilk pankcakes or pumpkin-spice pancakes with the purchase of its Steakburger items. Fox News, "Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with free or discounted burgers, and nothing else," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of oddly

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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