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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Well, thanks to Virgin Atlantic, your oddly specific fantasies are about to come true. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Virgin Atlantic's New 'Love Suites' Are Specially Designed for Cuddlers," 1 Feb. 2018 Then the video, perhaps oddly, turns to an empty section of the store. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple’s snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 30 June 2018 The women's prison is a large, sprawling series of compounds, littered with laundry, and -- oddly -- the constant buzz of light aircraft that appeared to swoop from the sky throughout our visit. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Gangs in El Salvador are using women's bodies for 'revenge and control'," 14 June 2018 Somewhat oddly for a club with such an abundance of resources, City chose to only name six substitutes on the bench. SI.com, "Burnley Punishes Sterling Miss to Earn Deserved Point Against Man City," 3 Feb. 2018 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

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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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