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adjective,odd·er, odd·est.
  1. differing in nature from what is ordinary, usual, or expected: His ice cream had an odd choice of topping combinations.

  2. singular or peculiar in a strange or eccentric way: She can be an odd person sometimes.The group were known for their odd manners.

  1. fantastic; bizarre: Her taste in clothing was rather odd.

  2. leaving a remainder of 1 when divided by 2, as a number (opposed to even): Numbers like 3, 15, and 181 are odd numbers.

  3. more or less, especially a little more (used in combination with a round number): I owe three hundred-odd dollars.

  4. being a small amount in addition to what is counted or specified: I have five gross and a few odd dozens.

  5. being part of a pair, set, or series of which the rest is lacking: an odd glove.

  6. remaining after all others are paired, grouped, or divided into equal numbers or parts: Everybody gets two hamburgers and I get the odd one.

  7. left over after all others are used, consumed, etc.

  8. (of a pair) not matching: Do you know you're wearing an odd pair of socks?

  9. not forming part of any particular group, set, or class: to pick up odd bits of information.

  10. not regular, usual, or full-time; occasional; casual: odd jobs.

  11. out-of-the-way; secluded: We took a tour to the odd parts of the country.

  12. Mathematics. (of a function) having a sign that changes when the sign of each independent variable is changed at the same time.

  1. something that is odd.

  2. Golf.

    • a stroke more than the opponent has played.

    • British. a stroke taken from a player's total score for a hole in order to give them odds.

Origin of odd

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English odde, from Old Norse oddi “odd (number)”

synonym study For odd

1. See strange.

Other words for odd

Opposites for odd

Other words from odd

  • oddly, adverb
  • oddness, noun

Words that may be confused with odd

Words Nearby odd

Other definitions for ODD (2 of 2)

[ oh-dee-dee ]

abbreviation, noun
  1. oppositional defiant disorder: a behavioral disorder characterized by habitual aggression and hostility, resistance to authority, outbursts of rage, etc., that interfere with normal functioning and relationships.

Origin of ODD

First recorded in 1980, in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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How to use odd in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for odd


/ (ɒd) /

  1. unusual or peculiar in appearance, character, etc

  2. occasional, incidental, or random: odd jobs

  1. leftover or additional: odd bits of wool

    • not divisible by two

    • represented or indicated by a number that is not divisible by two: graphs are on odd pages Compare even 1 (def. 7)

  2. being part of a matched pair or set when the other or others are missing: an odd sock; odd volumes

  3. (in combination) used to designate an indefinite quantity more than the quantity specified in round numbers: fifty-odd pounds

  4. out-of-the-way or secluded: odd corners

  5. maths (of a function) changing sign but not absolute value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y=x³: See even 1 (def. 13)

  6. odd man out a person or thing excluded from others forming a group, unit, etc

  1. golf

    • one stroke more than the score of one's opponent

    • an advantage or handicap of one stroke added to or taken away from a player's score

  2. a thing or person that is odd in sequence or number

Origin of odd

C14: odde: from Old Norse oddi point, angle, triangle, third or odd number. Compare Old Norse oddr point, spot, place; Old English ord point, beginning

Derived forms of odd

  • oddly, adverb
  • oddness, noun

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Scientific definitions for odd


[ ŏd ]

  1. Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 1, such as 17 or -103.

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