Odds Definition

A certain number of points given beforehand to a weaker side in a contest to equalize the chances of all participants.
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Webster's New World
The ratio of the probability of an event's occurring to the probability of its not occurring.
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Difference or amount of difference.
Webster's New World
The likelihood of the occurrence of one thing rather than the occurrence of another thing, as in a contest.
The odds are that she will get the nomination on the first ballot.
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Odds

Origin of Odds

  • From odd (“uneven, strange")

    From Wiktionary

  • Pl. of odd

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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