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ABOUT THIS WORD
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 ]
What are other forms of ode?
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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
How to use ode in a sentence
Meaning that even if Bartini wasn’t always appreciated in his time, the future could soon be an ode to his work.Why the Soviet Red Baron Matters Today|Nick Fouriezos|March 3, 2021|Ozy
Though the reviews were unfair and unkind, “Endymion” is far from Keats’s best work, and the poems that would establish him as an enduring poet — in particular, the “great odes” of 1819 — were yet to come.Two centuries after John Keats’s death, his famous odes are still sparking new discussions|Troy Jollimore|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
Perhaps the odes require a different form of criticism, one in which feeling is mixed with thinking, passion with reason, the subjective with the objective.Two centuries after John Keats’s death, his famous odes are still sparking new discussions|Troy Jollimore|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
One of Gordana Gerskovic’s found abstractions turns a partly whitewashed wall into a minimalist ode, and Katherine Blakeslee frames monumental outdoor sculpture to highlight the shadows they cast.In the galleries: Middle East artists examine sheltering in place amid pandemic|Mark Jenkins|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
It was supposed to be a sweet outing with their grandparents, an ode to generations of tradition and heritage.I brought my kids to the Devil for Christmas. And they’re fine. Right?|Petula Dvorak|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
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 simultaneously upbeat and sentimental ode to friendship is equal parts funk, trance, pop, and R&B.The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen|Caitlin Dickson|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Minaj dropped her newest single Anaconda on Monday, a Sir Mix-A-Lot sampling ode to her own assets.Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Lyrics Tease Her Elevator Drama with Jay Z|Amy Zimmerman|August 5, 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
Korean pop superstar Psy has teamed up with Snoop Dogg to create an indispensable ode to overindulgence.Viral Video of the Day: Psy & Snoop Dogg Have a ‘Hangover’|Alex Chancey|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I will sing an ode to thee, as Hafiz has written and sung many a one to his; peace be to his memory!Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
The principal classes of lyric poetry are the song, the ode, the elegy, and the sonnet.
An ode is a lyric expressing exalted emotion; it usually has a complex and irregular metrical form.
A volume of her poems appeared in the following year, with Dryden's ode as an introduction.The Cornwall Coast|Arthur L. Salmon
It became the fashion in college to chant this martial ode whenever Hyacinth was seen approaching.Hyacinth|George A. Birmingham
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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.