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[od-muh nt]
  1. an odd article, bit, remnant, or the like.
  2. an article belonging to a broken or incomplete set.
  3. Printing. any individual portion of a book excluding the text, as the frontispiece or index.
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Origin of oddment

First recorded in 1790–1800; odd + -ment
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Examples from the Web for oddments

Historical Examples

  • "Here are some oddments of magic that may prove their usefulness," he remarked.

    Mr. Wicker's Window

    Carley Dawson

  • Then the books and oddments will come to you, and the money will go to David.

  • Something shifted, the oddments of woman-flesh shredded from her.

    Shock Treatment

    Stanley Mullen

  • There were filthy bandages and other oddments about the floors.

  • Just before leaving, however, I watched a wonderfully tasty hash being compounded with oddments of rabbit and banana flour.

British Dictionary definitions for oddments


  1. (often plural) an odd piece or thing; leftover
  2. (plural) NZ pieces of wool, such as belly wool or neck wool, removed from a fleece and sold separately
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Word Origin and History for oddments


1780, a hybrid with a Latin suffix on a Germanic word, from odd (q.v.), on model of fragments. Related: Oddment.

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