oddity

[od-i-tee]

noun, plural odd·i·ties for 1, 3.

an odd or remarkably unusual person, thing, or event.
the quality of being odd; singularity, strangeness, or eccentricity.
an odd characteristic or trait; peculiarity.

Nearby words

  1. odd-toed ungulate,
  2. oddball,
  3. oddfellow,
  4. oddish,
  5. odditorium,
  6. oddly,
  7. oddment,
  8. oddments,
  9. oddness,
  10. odds

Origin of oddity

First recorded in 1705–15; odd + -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for oddity

oddity

noun plural -ties

an odd person or thing
an odd quality or characteristic
the condition of being odd
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Word Origin and History for oddity

oddity

n.

1713, "odd characteristic or trait," a hybrid from odd + -ity. Meaning "odd person" is first recorded 1748.

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