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.
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Related Words for oddnesseccentricity, trait, idiosyncrasy, quirk, phenomenon, characteristic, incongruity, rarity, peculiarity, curiosity, anomaly, irregularity, weirdness, foible, habit, pose, trick, pretension, affectation, singularity
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It was an odd welcome, but its oddness at the moment went unheeded.The Lion's Skin
Her look of surprise showed that she was struck with the oddness of this.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
There was an oddness in his manner she could not understand.Antony Gray,--Gardener
I dwelt not on the oddness of its contents, thoroughly characteristic of the writer.The War Trail
The oddness of the incident impressed it indelibly on my mind.The Retrospect
- 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
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.