odd

adjective
\ ˈäd How to pronounce odd (audio) \

Definition of odd

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1 : differing markedly from the usual, ordinary, or accepted : peculiar a very odd way to show gratitude
2a : not regular, expected, or planned worked at odd jobs
b : encountered or experienced from time to time : occasional manages to get in some reading at odd moments
3a : being without a corresponding (see corresponding sense 1) mate an odd shoe
b(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
4a : being any of the integers (such as −3, −1, +1, and +3) that are not divisible by two without leaving a remainder
b : marked by an odd number of units needed two odd-length boards, one of three feet and one of five feet
c : being a function (see function entry 1 sense 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
5a : somewhat more than the indicated approximate quantity, extent, or degree usually used in combination 300-odd pages
b(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
6 : having an out-of-the-way location : remote found it in some odd corner of the house

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archaic
used as a mild oath

Definition of ODD (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from odd

Adjective

oddness noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

strange, singular, unique, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, odd, quaint, outlandish mean departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected. strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable. a journey filled with strange sights singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness. a singular feeling of impending disaster unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel. a career unique in the annals of science peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness. the peculiar status of America's First Lady eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior. the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating. a friend's suddenly erratic behavior odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected. an odd sense of humor quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness. a quaint fishing village outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric. outlandish fashions of the time

Examples of odd in a Sentence

Adjective 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But then again, his whole L.A. experience was a little odd. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 The timing was a little odd, because Clayton Moore’s The Lone Ranger went off the air in 1957, and the 1961 reboot attempt The Return of The Lone Ranger didn’t get past the pilot stage. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 2021 That was odd because the drop was still in contact with the oily surface. Sarah Vitak, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2021 The location is really odd and makes Streamsong the easiest resort to get to in the country that is absolutely in the middle of nowhere. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 According to Doug, his two sons had equally difficult experiences, often living with friends, holding odd jobs, and keeping in touch with their adoptive parents only sporadically. Tanzina Vega, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2021 Gamelin and Hasenfus would do odd jobs for Cooper, including packing parachutes, building wheel chocks or sweeping out airplanes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 His father worked odd jobs and tried his hand at various artistic pursuits. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Due to a lack of qualifications, Mr. Apelberg worked odd jobs to make ends meet in Israel. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 30 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of odd

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for odd

Adjective

Middle English odde, from Old Norse oddi point of land, triangle, odd number; akin to Old English ord point of a weapon

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The first known use of odd was in the 14th century

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odd

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of odd

: 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

adjective
\ ˈäd How to pronounce odd (audio) \
odder; oddest

Kids Definition of odd

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.

Other Words from odd

oddly adverb
oddness noun

ODD

abbreviation

Medical Definition of ODD

oppositional defiant disorder

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