Definition of odd
1a : being without a corresponding (see corresponding 1) mate an odd shoeb (1) : left over after others are paired or grouped came without his wife and thus turned out to be the odd guest at the party (2) : separated from a set or series had in his possession only two or three odd volumes of the original 12-volume set
2a : somewhat more than the indicated approximate quantity, extent, or degree —usually used in combination 300-odd pagesb (1) : left over as a remainder had a few odd dollars left after paying his bills (2) : constituting a small amount had some odd change in her pocket
3a : being any of the integers (such as −3, −1, +1, and +3) that are not divisible by two without leaving a remainderb : marked by an odd number of units needed two odd-length boards, one of three feet and one of five feetc : being a function (see 1function 5a) such that f (−x) = −f (x) where the sign is reversed but the absolute value remains the same if the sign of the independent variable is reversed
4a : not regular, expected, or planned worked at odd jobsb : encountered or experienced from time to time : occasional manages to get in some reading at odd moments
5 : having an out-of-the-way location : remote found it in some odd corner of the house
6 : differing markedly from the usual, ordinary, or accepted : peculiar a very odd way to show gratitude
Examples of odd in a Sentence
She had an odd look on her face.
People would call at odd hours during the night.
She's got a really odd sense of humor.
Some rather odd people used to live in this house.
There was something odd about his story.
It's odd that nobody told me about this before.
That's odd. He was here a minute ago.
That is one of the oddest creatures I have ever seen.
She kept a stack of magazines that she would read at odd moments.
During the summer, he would do odd jobs for his neighbors to earn extra money.
Recent Examples of odd from the Web
One company even appeared to have made a shirt with that odd combination of letters written across the front in bold, block letters.
Cleaning crews at Charlotte Motor Speedway commonly find odd and mysterious items left behind by fans after the Coca-Cola 600.
Most of the 130 water quality complaints received by Lee's staff in January cited odd smell or taste and high mineral content in water that Valley Water provides to nearly 6,700 customers in Plainville and small parts of Farmington and Southington.
Formerly routine activities such as showering or running a washing machine are done at odd hours, when power is on.
But perhaps not that odd after all, given that Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, was himself an imperfect feminist thinker who held the essentialist belief that women were naturally more peaceful than men.
At the same time, his 2014 conviction, in its own odd way, offered a ray of hope that maybe Nagin had ushered in a new day in local politics, after all, and one in which corrupt politicians wouldn't be tolerated by the city -- starting with him.
There was nothing the least bit odd, sketchy or threatening about the young people.
Another two-bedroom duplex with a huge backyard had an odd layout.
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Origin and Etymology of odd
Middle English odde, from Old Norse oddi point of land, triangle, odd number; akin to Old English ord point of a weapon
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of odd
Definition of ODD
ODD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of odd for English Language Learners
: strange or unusual : different from what is normal or expected
: happening in a way that is not planned or regular
: of different kinds or types
ODD Defined for Kids
Definition of odd for Students
1 : not usual or common : strange Walking backward is an odd thing to do.
2 : not usual, expected, or planned He does odd jobs to earn extra money. Finding the passage was an odd stroke of luck.
3 : not capable of being divided by two without leaving a remainder The odd numbers include 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
4 : not one of a pair or a set She found an odd glove.
5 : being or having a number that cannot be divided by two without leaving a remainder an odd year
6 : some more than the number mentioned The ship sank fifty odd years ago.
Medical Definition of ODD
oppositional defiant disorder
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