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.

Origin of oddity

First recorded in 1705–15; odd + -ity

Synonyms for oddity

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Examples from the Web for oddity

Contemporary Examples of oddity

Historical Examples of oddity

  • Its oddity struck me, and remained impressed upon my memory.

  • But the oddity in the present case was that he said nothing.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • If he did not seem exactly interested, he certainly behaved with some oddity.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • There was no mention of the oddity of behavior of shiploads of surplus grain aloft.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • The oddity and incongruity of her attire attracted attention.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for 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

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

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