odds

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction \ ˈädz \

Definition of odds

1 a archaic : inequalities
b obsolete : degree of unlikeness
2 a : an amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another
  • won the election by considerable odds
b (1) : a difference favoring one of two opposed things
  • overwhelming odds
(2) : a difference in terms of advantage or disadvantage
  • what's the odds, if thinking so makes them happy
  • —Flora Thompson
c (1) : the probability that one thing is so or will happen rather than another : chances
  • the odds are against it
(2) : the ratio of the probability of one event to that of an alternative event
3 : disagreement, variance usually used with at
  • faculty and administration often are at odds on everything
  • —W. E. Brock born 1930
4 a : special favor : partiality
b : an allowance granted by one making a bet to one accepting the bet and designed to equalize the chances favoring one of the bettors
c : the ratio between the amount to be paid off for a winning bet and the amount of the bet
by all odds
: in every way : without question
  • by all odds the best book of the year

First Known Use of odds

circa 1525


ODDS Defined for English Language Learners

odds

noun

Definition of odds for English Language Learners

  • : the possibility that something will happen : the chance that one thing will happen instead of a different thing

  • : conditions that make it difficult for something to happen

  • : two numbers that show how much a person can win by betting a certain amount of money


ODDS Defined for Kids

odds

noun plural \ ˈädz \

Definition of odds for Students

1 : a difference in favor of one thing over another
  • She wanted to improve her odds of winning.
2 : conditions that make something difficult
  • He overcame great odds and succeeded.
3 : disagreement 1
  • Those two are always at odds with one another.


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