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.

Origin of odd

1300–50; Middle English odde < Old Norse oddi odd (number)
Related formsodd·ly, adverbodd·ness, noun
Can be confusedad add odd

Synonyms for odd

Antonyms for odd

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Historical Examples of oddly

  • It was out of this anger, oddly enough, that the memory of the girl came to him.

  • And I cannot tell what turn my mind had taken to dictate so oddly to my pen.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Oddly enough, the last person to see her before she left was Harriet Kennedy.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But when she learned that K. was upstairs, oddly enough, she did not go up at once.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Oddly enough, the shock of recognition brought him to his senses,—temporarily.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for oddly



unusual or peculiar in appearance, character, etc
occasional, incidental, or randomodd jobs
leftover or additionalodd bits of wool
  1. not divisible by two
  2. represented or indicated by a number that is not divisible by twographs are on odd pages Compare even 1 (def. 7)
being part of a matched pair or set when the other or others are missingan odd sock; odd volumes
(in combination) used to designate an indefinite quantity more than the quantity specified in round numbersfifty-odd pounds
out-of-the-way or secludedodd corners
maths (of a function) changing sign but not absolute value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y=x³See even 1 (def. 13)
odd man out a person or thing excluded from others forming a group, unit, etc


  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
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Word Origin and History for oddly

c.1300, from odd + -ly (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.

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oddly in Science



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