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 oddness
A novel that highlights the oddness and distinct challenges that come along with being a modern, thinking person.
Her oddness might be an effort to make Sue seem more grounded.
The most notable characteristic of the young clergyman's appearance was his outer guilelessness and the oddness of his face.The Battle Of The Strong, Complete|Gilbert Parker
At first he did not seem more than ordinarily surprised to see me; it was only after a moment that the oddness struck him.In Accordance with the Evidence|Oliver Onions
The oddness of the incident impressed it indelibly on my mind.The Retrospect|Ada Cambridge
This may look like oddness in me, but it iz mi sentiments enny how.The Complete Works of Josh Billings|Henry W. Shaw
And the oddness of her manner as she greeted them only confirmed the old man's prejudice against her.The Marriage of William Ashe|Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for oddness
- 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 oddness (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.