odds and ends

plural noun

Definition of odds and ends

1a : miscellaneous articles
b : miscellaneous small matters (as of business) to be attended to
2 : miscellaneous remnants or leftovers odds and ends of food

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Synonyms for odds and ends


etceteras, notion, novelties, sundries

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About half of those were clothes, shoes, and accessories—often plastic-laced, but not fully plastic—and a few more were filled with primarily plastic toys, containers of expired products, and odds and ends. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Marie Kondo helps declutter homes. What does that mean for plastic waste?," 22 Mar. 2019 Also pack reusable containers to wash out after consuming food, empty cardboard six-pack holders to store odds and ends, and collapsible cups. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Wild Ain’t Dirty: 14 Tips for a Clean Campsite," 22 Jan. 2018 Keep Your Clutter Together Car camping can mean a lot of odds and ends in tote bags in the trunk. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Wild Ain’t Dirty: 14 Tips for a Clean Campsite," 22 Jan. 2018 Head directly to the West Bottoms, where mid-century modern furniture, vintage light fixtures, old vinyl records, and all sorts of other odds and ends crowd Restoration Emporium, Stuffology, and Good Ju Ju. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 And yet Who Is America so rarely lives up to its best self, to the degree that the last couple of episodes have felt composed of odds and ends, rather than particularly incisive or even funny comedic bits. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America has nothing to say in the end," 24 Aug. 2018 Most of the space is built to pull double duty, with a partition used as storage space and a pegged wall that creates a grid for shelving or hanging odds and ends. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Compact apartment fits everything you need in 450 square feet," 1 Oct. 2018 Add veggie scraps when making chicken stock—or throw all your produce odds and ends together for a stir-fry. Joy Bauer, Woman's Day, "12 Ways to Prevent Food from Going to Waste," 10 Apr. 2017 Projects in progress, scraps of wood, and other odds and ends stay in that precious out-of-sight storage between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Joy and Agony of Woodworking in a Tiny Apartment," 10 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of odds and ends

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of odds and ends

informal : different kinds of things that are usually small and unimportant

odds and ends

noun plural

Kids Definition of odds and ends

: things left over : miscellaneous things

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