oddment

noun

odd·​ment ˈäd-mənt How to pronounce oddment (audio)
1
a
: something left over : remnant
b
oddments ˈäd-mən(t)s How to pronounce oddment (audio) plural : odds and ends
2
: something odd : oddity

Examples of oddment in a Sentence

the fabric store sells oddments left over from cutting one of those medical oddments that has perplexed and intrigued generations of medical historians
Recent Examples on the Web Grace Rivera for The New York Times Like some kind of industrious magpie, the designer Anna Sui has spent decades assiduously gathering up shiny oddments from the pop culture landscape and shaping them into a singular career in fashion design. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2019 At its core, the brand utilizes oddments from fashion’s past to call out the industry’s eco-problem. Teen Vogue, 10 Sep. 2019 Anyone can buy beans from Rancho Gordo, but the Bean Club—which sends members six rare varieties and a few other oddments, like blue hominy, every three months—closed its rolls last year. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2018 Tall conical hats, wire wands and pseudo-scientific oddments sprout from their heads. Julia Couzens, sacbee, 18 May 2015 The reason for the feverish activity and reappearance of missing oddments is a short walk from our house: the raging Boise River. Tim Woodward, idahostatesman, 19 May 2017 The furniture and other oddments pretty much filled the storage space. Tim Woodward, idahostatesman, 30 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of oddment was in 1780

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“Oddment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oddment. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

oddment

noun
odd·​ment ˈäd-mənt How to pronounce oddment (audio)
: something left over : remnant
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