Definition of odd in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɒd/


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
More example sentences
  • 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?
strange, peculiar, weird, queer, funny, bizarre, eccentric, unusual, abnormal, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, offbeat, freakish, quirky, quaint, zany, off-centre
informal wacky, freaky, kooky, screwy, kinky, oddball, cranky
North American informal off the wall, wacko, bizarro
Australian/New Zealand informal, dated dilly
strange, unusual, peculiar, funny, curious, bizarre, weird, uncanny, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, anomalous, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, out of the way, foreign, exceptional, rare, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish;
suspicious, dubious, questionable;
eerie, unnatural;
Scottish  unco;
French outré
informal fishy, creepy, spooky
British informal rum
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


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.


Pronunciation: /ˈɒdnəs/
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.


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

  • The first meaning of odd, an Old Norse word, was ‘having one left when divided by two’, as in ‘odd numbers’. This led to ‘single, solitary’, and then ‘strange, unusual’. In the betting sense odds have been around since the end of the 16th century. If you lay odds or give odds you are offering a bet with odds favourable to the other person betting. The opposite is to take odds, where you offer a bet with odds unfavourable to the other person betting. A person who talks loudly and opinionatedly is sometimes said to be shouting the odds—the idea here is of someone calling out the odds on a racecourse, encouraging punters to bet. When we say of something that it makes no odds we mean that it will not alter things in any way. This is not the gambling sense of odds, but an old use of the word with the sense ‘difference in advantage or effect’.

Words that rhyme with odd

bod, clod, cod, god, hod, mod, nod, od, plod, pod, prod, quad, quod, scrod, shod, squad, tod, Todd, trod, wad

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