Share this entry

Share this page

oddity

Line breaks: odd¦ity
Pronunciation: /ˈɒdɪti
 
/

Definition of oddity in English:

noun (plural oddities)

1A strange or peculiar person or thing: she was regarded as a bit of an oddity
More example sentences
  • Margret stared in wonder, her town had nothing like the strange creatures and oddities for sale that were here.
  • The book is filled with astonishing performances, with strange and delightful oddities.
  • Of course that doesn't compensate for oddities in the original recordings.
Synonyms
eccentric, crank, misfit, fish out of water, square peg in a round hole, round peg in a square hole, maverick, nonconformist, original, rare bird;
Latinrara avis
informal character, odd/queer fish, oddball, weirdo, weirdie, crackpot, nut, nutter, freak
British informal odd bod, oner
North American informal screwball, kook, nutso, wacko, wack
US informal wackadoo, wackadoodle
informal , dated case
peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, quirk, irregularity, twist, kink, crotchet, mannerism
1.1 [mass noun] The quality of being strange or peculiar: realizing the oddity of the remark, he retracted it
More example sentences
  • The highlanders, with their visible poverty and audible oddity of speech, met with a mixed reception and often sent home unfavourable reports.
  • As they went out of the room, Lyenda voiced out one oddity of the palace.
  • The oddity of these locutions indicates how far from the mark are the analyses of ‘know’ from which they derive.
Synonyms

Words that rhyme with oddity

commodity

Definition of oddity in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…