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 oddly
But throughout all this, Malone describe herself as “oddly responsible,” wanting to help her moms pay the bills as young as 10.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom|Marlow Stern|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Oddly you nurture it, it is part of you, and inescapably part of your past, present, and future.
It so oddly equates to our film, and the cultural moment we were in in 1965.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History|Marlow Stern|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was only one phone left and when it would ring, the bell would echo, oddly, off the walls.
He'd kept the few offices at the front of the bungalow, now oddly barren.
He thought of Bellamy, the hero of whose Socialistic Utopia had so oddly anticipated this actual experience.When the Sleeper Wakes|Herbert George Wells
We were all quite indignant with Bones—but, oddly enough, I think it was greatly tempered with our new pride in him.Selected Stories|Bret Harte
It is oddly enough objected to the re-election of a certain Member of Congress from Massachusetts, that "he can't open his mouth."
The eating orifice is oddly placed, and the teeth are obviously for grinding purposes.The Asses of Balaam|Gordon Randall Garrett
Oddly enough, it never occurred to her that a woman might be lying in that dreary tenement.The Silent Barrier|Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for oddly
- 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 oddly (1 of 2)
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.