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What else does ode mean?
In literature, an ode is a type of lyrical poem enthusiastically praising a person or event. The slang ode, pronounced [ oh-dee ], is an intensifying adverb meaning “really” or “very.”
How is ode pronounced?[ ohd ] or [ oh-dee ]
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Where does ode come from?
The ancient Greeks can be thanked for the original ode, poems that exalted individuals, actions, or nature. Famous ode writers over the centuries include the Greek Pindar, the Roman Horace, and, in the English language, John Keats. The word ode, from a Greek word meaning “song” or “chant,” is recorded in English in the 1500s.
The word ode is often found in the construction ode to X, with X being the object of the poem or other artistic work’s praise.
The slang ode (or odee) emerged as a substitute for “really” or “very” by 2009. It appears to be a phonetic spelling of the acronym for overdose, OD, whose original sense was extended to the idea of doing something to an extreme extent, hence “really” or “very.”
How is ode used in real life?
Outside of more formal literature, art, and music, ode is used as a term for “heightened praise” more generally (e.g., an ode to cute animal pictures). Very often, the grand scale of ode is used this way in a humorous manner, praising more mundane objects, such as bathrobes or coffee, for the joy they give people in their everyday lives.
Ode to my bathrobe: Oh bathrobe, so cuddly and warm, so navy and so blue, how I love you.
— Al Baxter (@aebaxter) January 24, 2007
Ode for “very” is found in slang. It carries a sense of exaggeration, much like the slang mad or hella. Extremely tired? Ode tired. Extremely late? Ode late. Really into someone? Ode attracted.
Don’t y’all hate when you get yo hair done and ya forehead be looking ode big
— ꒒ꏂꇙꃳ꒐ꋬꋊ ꊰꋬ꒐ꋪꌦ ❁ (@LUVDREAM9) September 8, 2018
More examples of ode:
“An ode to Adventure Time, one of TV’s most ambitious—and yes, most adventurous, shows”
—Dan Schindel, Vox (headline), September 2018
Example sentences from the Web for ode
This music video is an ode to his one true love, complete with romantic rides on horseback.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The Ladies Who Lunch,” an ode to jaded Manhattanites, stubbornness, and vodka stingers, became one of her two signature songs.Elaine Stritch Pinched My Butt and Changed My Life|Kevin Fallon|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even before that ode to Jewish angst and masturbation hit the bookstores in 1969, Roth was a Yaddo veteran.
Similarly, Rep. Franks started off his A9 appearance with an ode to “human respect” and “true tolerance.”The Hedonistic, Possibly Holocaust-Denying Sect That’s Hoodwinking Republican Congressmen|Jay Michaelson|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His one previous musical, the 1996 film Everyone Says I Love You, is an ode to the pleasures of old-Hollywood escapism.Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Musical and the Moral Responsibility of an Artist|Brian Spitulnik|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was on this occasion that Swift lampooned the lieutenant-general in his Ode to a Salamander.
Being called on by the master, he read and construed the tenth Ode of the first Book very regularly.Books and Authors|Anonymous
Other slight reminders of Ossianic description occur throughout the ode.Ossian in Germany|Rudolf Tombo
His setting of Schiller's "Ode to Joy" was incomparably the best of the sixty efforts.The Genius|Margaret Horton Potter
The fragment just translated is the original of the ninth ode of the first book.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)|John Addington Symonds
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Cultural definitions for ode
A kind of poem devoted to the praise of a person, animal, or thing. An ode is usually written in an elevated style and often expresses deep feeling. An example is “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” by John Keats.