noun (usually used with a plural verb)
- odds and ends,
- odds and sods,
- odds are, the,
Origin of odds
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 odds
The odds of getting re-arrested are a lot slimmer if a person has a job.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But taking such action puts them at odds with the most powerful and best-organized segment of their coalition.
The rift put Washington at odds with countries like Brazil, Uruguay or Chile, which seemed to have come to terms with their past.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers|Catalina Lobo-Guererro|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This puts them at odds with the countless polytheistic religions, where many gods compete for prominence.Does Pope Francis Believe Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?|Jay Parini|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since Nestdrop continues to do so as of this writing, they wager a tense gamble that the odds will be in their favor.Days Are Numbered for Nestdrop, LA’s ‘Uber for Weed’|Justin Hampton|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A player who gives the odds of a piece, may give it each game from the king's or queen's side, at his option.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
As for Pierre, he was now in his element, sniffing the battle like a young warhorse, and forgetful of the odds against him.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage|Charles G. D. Roberts
But though the struggle was fierce, the odds were too great for it to be long.History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain|William H. Prescott
Hundreds of times—literally hundreds—I have known whole evenings devoted to discussing the odds.The Chequers|James Runciman
Two of the eight decamped, at this juncture; making the odds six, instead of eight, to one.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea|Charles H. L. Johnston
- on bad terms
- appearing not to correspond or matchthe silvery hair was at odds with her youthful shape
- more than is expected, necessary, etche got two pounds over the odds for this job
- unfair or excessive
- 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
in wagering sense, found first in Shakespeare ("2 Henry IV," 1597), probably from earlier sense of "amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another" (1540s), from odd (q.v.), though the sense evolution is uncertain. Until 19c. treated as a singular, though obviously a plural (cf. news).
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with odds
- odds and ends
- odds are, the
- against all odds
- at odds
- by all odds
- lay odds