adjective, odd·er, odd·est.
- 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 him or her odds.
Origin of odd
Examples from the Web for oddest
The scene between getaway cab driver Esmeralda Villalobos (Angela Jones) and Butch is one of the oddest in Pulp Fiction.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary|Marlow Stern|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this could wind up being the oddest confrontation of all.Exclusive: Chiquita Is Blocking a 9/11 Victims’ Bill|Tim Mak|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A look at the ursine baby trend—and where it falls among the list of the year's oddest monikers.Kate Winslet’s Bear Rocknroll & Other Crazy Celebrity Baby Names of 2013|Pamela Redmond Satran/Nameberry|December 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was the oddest thing that ever happened to me in my life.America’s Cassandra: David Mamet Speaks on the Lies of Obama and War|Lloyd Grove|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Oscar winner talks about his oddest jobs, his cooking hobby, James Bond—and taming lions.Christopher Walken on ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ Natalie Wood, & More|Marlow Stern|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The most absurd faces, with sprigs of flowers stuck in the oddest fashion in their comical and childish heads!Madame Chrysantheme|Pierre Loti
He was the oddest of odd numbers, a stormy petrel indeed, and they did not know how to take him.Tom Slade's Double Dare|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
At this she appeared to have, in the oddest way, a momentary revulsion.Louisa Pallant|Henry James
This world is contingency and absurdity incarnate, the oddest of possibilities masquerading momentarily as a fact.Soliloquies in England|George Santayana
One of the oddest things of which I heard on my trip was that Mr. Howells is credited with being born in more than one place.Years of My Youth|William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for oddest
- not divisible by two
- represented or indicated by a number that is not divisible by twographs are on odd pages Compare even 1 (def. 7)
- 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
Word Origin for odd
Word Origin and History for oddest
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.