The definition of odd is different than the normal, not divisible by two or the one remaining when others are paired.adjective
- An example of odd is a pink tiger.
- An example of odd is the number five.
- An example of odd is the remaining sock when one sock is lost.
- being one of a pair of which the other is missing: an odd glove
- being the one remaining after the others are paired, grouped, taken, etc.
- being one or more of a set, series, or group separated from the others: a few odd volumes of Dickens
- having a remainder of one when divided by two; not even: said of numbers
- numbered with an odd number: the odd months
- in addition to that mentioned in a round number: ten dollars and some odd change
- with a relatively small number over that specified: usually in hyphenated compounds: twenty-odd children
- not the usual, regular, habitual, accounted for, etc.; occasional; incidental: odd jobs, at odd moments
- not usual or ordinary; singular; peculiar; strange
- queer; eccentric
- out-of-the-way: in odd corners
Origin: ME odde < ON oddi, point of land, triangle, hence (from the third angle) odd number, akin to OE ord, a point < Gmc *uzda- (> Ger ort, place, orig., point) < IE *uds (< base *ud-, up > out) + *dho-, var. of *dhē, to place, put > do
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adjective odd·er, odd·est
- Deviating from what is ordinary, usual, or expected; strange or peculiar: an odd name; odd behavior. See Synonyms at strange.
- Being in excess of the indicated or approximate number, extent, or degree. Often used in combination: invited 30-odd guests.
- a. Constituting a remainder: had some odd dollars left over.b. Small in amount: jingled the odd change in my pockets.
- a. Being one of an incomplete pair or set: an odd shoe.b. Remaining after others have been paired or grouped.
- Mathematics Designating an integer not divisible by two, such as 1, 3, and 5.
- Not expected, regular, or planned: called at odd intervals.
- Remote; out-of-the-way: found the antique shop in an odd corner of town.
- Something odd.
- Sports a. In the United States, a golf score one stroke higher than the score of one's opponent.b. In Great Britain, a stroke added to a superior golfer's score or a stroke taken away from an inferior golfer's score in order to equalize the chances of winning a match.
Origin: Middle English odde, from Old Norse oddi, point of land, triangle, odd number.
- oddˈly adverb
- oddˈness noun
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