- The definition of odd is different than the normal, not divisible by two or the one remaining when others are paired.
- 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 of oddMiddle English odde ; from Old Norse oddi, point of land, triangle, hence (from the third angle) odd number, akin to Old English ord, a point ; from Germanic an unverified form uzda- (from source German ort, place, origin, originally , point) ; from Indo-European an unverified form uds (; from base an unverified form ud-, up from source out) + an unverified form dho-, variant, variety of an unverified form dhē, to place, put from source do
- 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.
Origin of oddMiddle English odde, from Old Norse oddi, point of land, triangle, odd number.
(not generally comparable, comparative odder, superlative oddest)
- (not comparable) Single; sole; singular; not having a mate.
- Optimistically, he had a corner of a drawer for odd socks.
- Singular in looks or character; peculiar; eccentric.
- Strange, unusual.
- She slept in, which was very odd.
- (not comparable) Occasional; infrequent.
- but for the odd exception
- (not comparable) Left over, remaining when the rest have been grouped.
- I'm the odd one out.
- (not comparable) Casual, irregular, not planned.
- He's only worked odd jobs.
- (not comparable, in combination with a number, not comparable) About, approximately.
- There were thirty-odd people in the room.
- (not comparable) Not divisible by two; not even.
- The product of odd numbers is also odd.
- odds and ends
From Middle English od, odde (“odd, single"), from Old Norse oddi (“third or additional number, triangle"), from oddr (“point of a weapon"), from Proto-Germanic *uzdaz (“point"), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (“to stick, prick, pierce, sting") + Proto-Indo-European *dÊ°e- (“to set, place"). Cognate with Icelandic oddi (“triangle, point of land, odd number"), Swedish udd (“a point"), Old English ord (“a point"). More at ord.
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