odds

[ odz ]
/ ɒdz /

noun (usually used with a plural verb)

the probability that something is so, will occur, or is more likely to occur than something else: The odds are that it will rain today.
the ratio of probability that something is so, will occur, or is more likely to occur than something else.
this ratio used as the basis of a bet; the ratio by which the bet of one party to a wager exceeds that of the other, granted by one of two betting opponents to equalize the chances favoring one of them: The odds are two-to-one that it won't rain today.
an equalizing allowance, as that given the weaker person or team in a contest; handicap.
an advantage or degree of superiority on the side of two contending parties; a difference favoring one of two contestants.
an amount or degree by which one thing is better or worse than another.

Idioms for odds

    at odds, at variance; in disagreement: They were usually at odds over political issues.
    by all odds, in every respect; by far; undoubtedly: She is by all odds the brightest child in the family.Also by long odds, by odds.

Origin of odds

First recorded in 1490–1500; special use of odd

Definition for odds (2 of 2)

odd
[ od ]
/ ɒd /

adjective, odd·er, odd·est.

noun

something that is odd.
Golf.
  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)

OTHER WORDS FROM odd

odd·ly, adverbodd·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH odd

ad add odd
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British Dictionary definitions for odds (1 of 2)

odds
/ (ɒdz) /

pl n

British Dictionary definitions for odds (2 of 2)

odd
/ (ɒd) /

adjective

noun

golf
  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 forms of odd

oddly, 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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Science definitions for odds

odd
[ ŏd ]

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

odds

In addition to the idioms beginning with odds

  • odds and ends
  • odds are, the

also see:

  • against all odds
  • at odds
  • by all odds
  • lay odds
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