noun (usually used with a plural verb)
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
Synonyms for odd
Antonyms for odd
Related Words for oddsdifference, likelihood, vantage, draw, lead, overlay, handicap, bulge, disparity, start, benefit, edge, superiority, distinction, dissimilarity, allowance, favor, balance
Examples from the Web for odds
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 3, 2015
But taking such action puts them at odds with the most powerful and best-organized segment of their coalition.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
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
December 20, 2014
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?
December 7, 2014
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’
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of odds
Either I'd pull through or I wouldn't, and the odds were—well, I didn't say much.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The case of Yates was by all odds the most complex and bewildering of the four.In the Midst of Alarms
But a bettor of the right sort slips in an' taps me for odds to a thousand.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It don't make no odds whether you believe it or not, she's there.Quaint Courtships
At odds with him, she yet took time to think of his creature needs!The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- 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