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Definition of odd in English:


1Different to what is usual or expected; strange: the neighbours thought him very odd [with clause]: it’s odd that she didn’t recognize me
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  • The graphics also seem very odd at times, it all looks lovely so long as you don't move.
  • And there were a couple of things he said that certainly seem rather odd.
  • Doesn't that seem rather odd that none of her colleagues would defend her?
2(Of whole numbers such as 3 and 5) having one left over as a remainder when divided by two: atoms which possess an odd number of electrons
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  • If the number in the second column is odd, divide it by two and drop the remainder.
  • Notice that smoothing a crossing changes the number of components of a link by one and that multiplication by z switches odd and even polynomials.
  • If you are taking half an odd number, use the integer quotient and ignore the remainder of 1.
uneven, not divisible by two
2.1 [in combination] In the region of or somewhat more than a particular number or quantity: she looked younger than her fifty-odd years
2.2Denoting a single goal by which one side defeats another, especially where each side scores at least once: they lost a close-fought game by the odd goal in five
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  • They were defeated by the odd goal in five in the U16 league semi final by Yeats United.
  • But in this game, the home side won by the odd goal in three.
  • On a morning that had all four seasons come at once, the home side ran out winners by the odd goal in three.
3 [attributive] Happening or occurring infrequently and irregularly; occasional: we have the odd drink together
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  • The time saved by this happening far outweighs the odd occasion when someone does not leave it at the end of his drive.
  • Truth be told, there are crowds of people who never drink, or who drink only on the odd occasion.
  • We had the odd drink together but we didn't glam around.
occasional, casual, irregular, isolated, incidental, random, sporadic, seasonal, periodic, part-time;
miscellaneous, various, varied, sundry
3.1Spare; unoccupied: when you’ve got an odd five minutes, could I have a word?
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  • What you get are basically four fun, simple little games, that are great to come back to for the odd five minutes of playing.
  • As such, there are worse ways to spend an odd thirty minutes or so.
spare, unoccupied, free, not committed, available;
between engagements, between appointments
4Separated from a usual pair or set and therefore out of place or mismatched: he’s wearing odd socks
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  • I've heard of sock heaven for odd socks, but there must be a bookmark heaven for missing bookmarks as I've lost heaps over the years.
  • Your muddled brain, full of paperclips and odd socks and dirty cotton wool buds simply cannot function.
  • I once wrote a manifesto for odd socks wearers on a post-it note.
mismatched, unmatched, unpaired;
single, lone, solitary, extra, surplus, leftover, remaining, unused;
Scottish orra


Middle English (in sense 2): from Old Norse odda-, found in combinations such as odda-mathr 'third or odd man', from oddi 'angle'.


odd one (or man) out

A person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set in some way: I hate being the odd one out among friends who are all couples in the case of the verb become, the odd one out is the past form
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  • I can look violent or like the odd one out, an outsider.
  • Italy was the odd one out of the six founder member states.
  • He wanted to be one of the boys, not the odd one out.



sense 1.
Example sentences
  • The comfortable lag between dinner and dessert offers time for another oddish revelation: Behind the counter sits an industrial-size can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup.
  • You've obviously walked on two legs all your life, and though it still looks oddish it's certainly not a trick.
  • True, it sounded like a slightly odd version of dada, or at least I imagined that it sounded oddish, but I couldn't even imagine baba while watching her.


sense 1. [sentence adverb]: oddly enough, I didn’t feel nervous [as submodifier]: she felt oddly guilty
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  • Both are correct, oddly enough, but neither recognises the underlying delusion.
  • However, the status quo in society isn't always matched in the home, oddly enough.
  • I gave him a once-over as he looked at me oddly because of my strange comment.


Example sentences
  • Instead, the blandness of the Hollywood versions merely underlines the oddness, individuality and appeal of the originals.
  • Somewhat sadly, he has worked himself into a niche for eccentric bad guys whose haphazard oddness makes them sinister.
  • The sheer oddness of the way the place functioned, the incongruity between functioning and pretension.

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