[ od ]
/ ɒd /

adjective, odd·er, odd·est.


something that is odd.
  1. a stroke more than the opponent has played.
  2. British.a stroke taken from a player's total score for a hole in order to give him or her odds.

Nearby words

  1. od.,
  2. oda,
  3. oda nobunaga,
  4. odah,
  5. odalisque,
  6. odd couple,
  7. odd fellow,
  8. odd jobs,
  9. odd lot,
  10. odd man out

Origin of odd

1300–50; Middle English odde < Old Norse oddi odd (number)

Related formsodd·ly, adverbodd·ness, noun

Can be confusedad add odd


[ oh-dee ]
/ ˈoʊˈdi /

noun, plural ODs or OD's.

an overdose of a drug, especially a fatal one.
a person who has taken an overdose of a drug, especially one who has become seriously ill or has died from such an overdose.

verb (used without object), OD'd or ODed or OD'ed, OD'ing or OD·ing.

to take an overdose of a drug.
to die from an an overdose of a drug.
to have or experience an excessive amount or degree of something.

Origin of OD

First recorded in 1955–60


or 'Od, Odd

[ od ]
/ ɒd /

interjection Archaic.

a shortened form of “God” (used in euphemistically altered oaths).

Origin of Od

First recorded in 1590–1600

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British Dictionary definitions for odd


/ (ɒd) /



  1. one stroke more than the score of one's opponent
  2. an advantage or handicap of one stroke added to or taken away from a player's score
a thing or person that is odd in sequence or number
See also odds

Derived Formsoddly, adverboddness, noun

Word Origin for 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


'Od or Odd

/ (ɒd) /


euphemistic (used in mild oaths) an archaic word for God


/ (ˌəʊˈdiː) informal /


an overdose of a drug

verb OD's, OD'ing or OD'd

(intr) to take an overdose of a drug

Word Origin for OD

C20: from o (ver) d (ose)



abbreviation for

Officer of the Day
Old Dutch
ordnance datum
outside diameter
Also: o.d. military olive drab
Also: O/D banking
  1. on demand
  2. overdraft
  3. overdrawn


odyl or odyle (ˈɒdɪl)

/ (ɒd, əʊd) /


archaic a hypothetical force formerly thought to be responsible for many natural phenomena, such as magnetism, light, and hypnotism
Derived Formsodic, adjective

Word Origin for od

C19: coined arbitrarily by Baron Karl von Reichenbach (1788–1869), German scientist

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Word Origin and History for odd



c.1300, "constituting a unit in excess of an even number," from Old Norse oddi "third or additional number," as in odda-maðr "third man, odd man (who gives the casting vote)," odda-tala "odd number." The literal meaning of Old Norse oddi is "point of land, angle" (related via notion of "triangle" to oddr "point of a weapon"); from Proto-Germanic *uzdaz "pointed upward" (cf. Old English ord "point of a weapon, spear, source, beginning," Old Frisian ord "point, place," Dutch oord "place, region," Old High German ort "point, angle," German Ort "place"), from PIE *uzdho- (cf. Lithuanian us-nis "thistle"). None of the other languages, however, shows the Old Norse development from "point" to "third number." Used from late 14c. to indicate a surplus over any given sum.

Sense of "strange, peculiar" first attested 1580s from notion of "odd one out, unpaired one of three" (attested earlier, c.1400, as "singular" in a positive sense of "renowned, rare, choice"). Odd job (c.1770) is so called from notion of "not regular." Odd lot "incomplete or random set" is from 1897. The international order of Odd Fellows began as local social clubs in England, late 18c., with Masonic-type trappings; formally organized 1813 in Manchester.

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Medicine definitions for odd



Doctor of Optometry
oculus dexter (right eye)

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Science definitions for odd


[ ŏd ]

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