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.

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The fact that Frank runs a ketchup company turns out to be oddly apt. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Instead of funny and fresh, ‘Being Frank’ feels forced, awkward," 20 June 2019 Full Throttle touts carts as fast as 40 mph, and oddly offers axe throwing as well. Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "What to do with your kids when it rains on summer break," 18 June 2019 All of this slowly converts Sunset Towers into an oddly salutary hothouse environment. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“The Westing Game,” a Tribute to Labor That Became a Dark Comedy of American Capitalism," 13 June 2019 No shame in any game, and Hemsworth has taken himself down some glorious notches: Marvel again at his chubby poignance in Avengers: Endgame, oddly and sweetly his most dramatic performance yet. International‘s too lame for that kind of iconoclasm. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019 Overall, there’s no major faux pas, such as oddly placed or half-sized keys. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review: This thin gaming laptop features 9th-gen Core and GTX 1660 Ti," 6 June 2019 The monochromatic trend throws away the stereotype of wearing complementary colors and creates a color or patterned compilation that oddly flows together. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Will Monochromatic Looks Become Fall's Biggest Trend?," 5 June 2019 The water content of minerals like pyroxene, known to be incredibly dry, were oddly wet in Bermuda’s core samples. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The volcano that built Bermuda is unlike any other on Earth," 17 May 2019 This is, oddly, an omission that Clark points out but does not really correct; community organizers are very much at the margins of her narrative, rarely mentioned and almost never named. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint," 3 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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