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 The other team in that game, UTSA, will play Louisiana-Lafayette in the First Responder Bowl, which is at SMU oddly enough, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Dallas News, "Cotton Bowl teams Oklahoma and Florida are plenty motivated to play, even if they’re opening for the Rose Bowl," 21 Dec. 2020 The real stars of the episode are Cece and Winston, who buy each other the most oddly specific presents to coincide with their hilarious inside jokes that make no sense to anyone else. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "There Are 4 New Girl Holiday Episodes But Only One Of Them Is Perfect," 15 Dec. 2020 This book is a memoir, again, with an oddly specific orientation. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Saw Through Himself," 9 Dec. 2020 They were filled with a thick gel that felt clinical but also oddly calming. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "This Baby Foot Peel Really Does Give You the Softest Feet of Your Life," 28 Dec. 2020 This is a very unusual awards season, given its oddly elongated calendar, but accolades are being handed out nonetheless. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Candy-colored revenge in ‘Promising Young Woman’," 24 Dec. 2020 Fans within each group could actually talk to one another—which is why those who tuned into the Finals saw Obama clearly, if oddly, giving a speech to Paul Pierce, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Clyde Drexler, and other Hall of Famers. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Year of the Cardboard Sports Fan," 22 Dec. 2020 The latest oddity came out of Washington Friday afternoon when Vice President Mike Pence announced that the members of President Donald Trump’s Space Force would have an oddly familiar title. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "I have questions for Space Force's marketing team," 19 Dec. 2020 Undaunted, the Cardinal marched to Bellevue Downtown Park, a scenic setting that oddly left a major football program practicing in plain sight of the public. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "‘Our traveling circus’: Inside Stanford football’s wild exile in Pacific Northwest," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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“Oddly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddly. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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