Definition of odd in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Sunday was a nice lazy day, full of odd surprises and a few belly laughs.’
    • ‘Doesn't that seem rather odd that none of her colleagues would defend her?’
    • ‘His arms and legs straightened out, no longer sticking out at odd angles.’
    • ‘Images are made strange in her works by their changed contexts and odd juxtapositions.’
    • ‘She began to tremble violently as she felt an odd sensation come over her.’
    • ‘Back in the desert I had an odd sensation of riding into a landscape.’
    • ‘He reached into his pocket for his keys, and he noticed something odd.’
    • ‘Her decidedly odd looks are a major distraction whenever she is on screen.’
    • ‘I find it very odd that individuals are against legislation of this sort.’
    • ‘They think it's rather odd to be so highly involved in football and it's vice-versa.’
    • ‘The odd thing is that he did the interview at all, I think.’
    • ‘She thought it odd that Jake would do so many nice things for him.’
    • ‘And there were a couple of things he said that certainly seem rather odd.’
    • ‘Sometimes I meet people in odd places and am surprised to learn that they are on their first overseas trip.’
    • ‘But in those areas where he did well, sometimes the numbers look decidedly odd.’
    • ‘The acting is strong, though odd at times.’
    • ‘After a while she noticed something quite odd.’
    • ‘Tel's fingers involuntarily clenched up as he felt the odd sensation once more.’
    • ‘The graphics also seem very odd at times, it all looks lovely so long as you don't move.’
    • ‘By an odd coincidence, she capped the marker just as he hung up the phone.’
    strange, peculiar, weird, queer, funny, bizarre, eccentric, unusual, abnormal, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, offbeat, freakish, quirky, quaint, zany, off-centre
    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
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  • 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’
    • ‘The issue of odd perfect numbers remains unsettled, however.’
    • ‘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 that number is odd, the last object will be a circle.’
    • ‘If the number in the second column is odd, divide it by two and drop the remainder.’
    • ‘If you are taking half an odd number, use the integer quotient and ignore the remainder of 1.’
    • ‘Hence such graphs require n to be odd, and then for each axis there are n such graphs.’
    • ‘Goldbach also conjectured that every odd number is the sum of three primes.’
    • ‘In it Vinogradov proved that every sufficiently large odd integer can be expressed as the sum of three primes.’
    • ‘I thought about the origin of all square numbers and discovered that they arose from the regular ascent of odd numbers.’
    • ‘When k is an integer there are k or 2k petals depending whether k is odd or even.’
    • ‘In every known pair, both numbers are even or both are odd.’
    • ‘An odd perfect number is defined to be an odd integer that is equal to the sum of its proper divisors.’
    • ‘Every even natural number x greater than six can be written as the sum of two distinct odd primes.’
    • ‘In his talk, he gave an outline of some of Thompson's work, beginning with the odd order theorem of Feit and Thompson.’
    • ‘He stated that any even integer can be written as the sum of two primes and every odd integer is either a prime or the sum of three primes.’
    • ‘Even integers in the top row correspond to throws from the right hand, and odd integers to throws from the left.’
    uneven, not divisible by two
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    1. 2.1in combination In the region of or somewhat more than a particular number or quantity.
      ‘she looked younger than her fifty-odd years’
    2. 2.2 Denoting 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’
      • ‘The Celts slipped to their fifth defeat of the season when they lost by the odd goal to Whitby Town at the Turnbull Ground.’
      • ‘On a morning that had all four seasons come at once, the home side ran out winners by the odd goal in three.’
      • ‘In all we have lost five games by the odd goal, so that tells us there's not a lot wrong.’
      • ‘Hull surrendered their unbeaten start to the season at the weekend as they lost out by the odd goal in five to Port Vale.’
      • ‘The odd goal in seven gave Northern Counties Premier League leaders Sheffield a victory over City of York's first team on Saturday.’
      • ‘Division three leaders Bishopthorpe's title hopes took a dent when they went down to the odd goal in seven at Fulford.’
      • ‘All four ties played last weekend in the fourth round of the York FA Sunday Morning Junior Cup were decided by the odd goal.’
      • ‘Last Sunday in Cardiff, the Bison fought their way back from a 2-deficit to tie the game before going down by the odd goal in seven.’
      • ‘But in this game, the home side won by the odd goal in three.’
      • ‘Dartford went down to the odd goal in five at home to Dr Martens Eastern Division League leaders Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.’
      • ‘Acomb WMC got the better of Pack of Cards by the odd goal in five.’
      • ‘Barmby Moor won a thriller at Ouseburn where they edged home by the odd goal in nine.’
      • ‘The U12 side went down by the odd goal in seven to Yeats United.’
      • ‘For the last two weeks Dunnington have been unlucky to go down by the odd goal, but at home to Haxby everything went right for them.’
      • ‘Marcia cruised to a 5-0 win at Hambleton and Fulford won by the odd goal in seven at home to Beeswing.’
      • ‘We've continually ground out results, often winning by the odd goal, which shows there is a lot of character in the team, especially for such a young side.’
      • ‘They were defeated by the odd goal in five in the U16 league semi final by Yeats United.’
      • ‘In the first division, Cross Keys won the relegation clash at Drum by the odd goal in seven, thanks mainly to a Billy Mullen hat-trick.’
      • ‘But they were shaded to the honours by the odd goal of a seven-goal thriller.’
      • ‘South Bank won a close game at Civil Service by the odd goal in five.’
  • 3attributive Happening or occurring infrequently and irregularly; occasional.

    ‘we have the odd drink together’
    • ‘Sharp riffs that occasionally nick the odd melody.’
    • ‘On the odd occasion that he's had a few to drink, I think he brings out the red suit and talks wistfully about his sleigh.’
    • ‘However, there is the occasional shock and the odd fleeting moment of interest as to who will be next for the chop.’
    • ‘And although the odd incident used to happen in the past, that number has increased with the number of activities in the area.’
    • ‘I have to admit, I have milked my abilities on the odd occasion.’
    • ‘However, they quickly dried in the sunshine with just the odd patch of mud remaining.’
    • ‘In the meantime I am eating toast with marmalade every few minutes and the odd meal whenever I can face it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I haven't been keeping up with his last few releases, although the odd track has occasionally grabbed my attention.’
    • ‘Messi's account of his spare time includes nothing racier than PlayStation and the odd barbecue.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I am relatively immune from this in the middle of Bear Lane, although I occasionally hear the odd siren.’
    • ‘And, on the odd occasion, he has even been put in as an emergency centre-back.’
    • ‘The time saved by this happening far outweighs the odd occasion when someone does not leave it at the end of his drive.’
    • ‘It showed as low tackle followed low tackle, followed by the odd flamboyant dive or five.’
    • ‘On the odd occasion he might wish to be somewhere else.’
    • ‘They apologised as they fidgeted with the bags and behaved as well as they could but lost their nerve on the odd occasion.’
    • ‘I'm doing a small site on Ghost Buildings - a unimaginative term for the odd remainders left behind when a building goes down.’
    • ‘But on the odd occasion they venture outside these extremes, the country descends into chaos.’
    • ‘And on the odd occasion Redfearn escaped the clutches of Bauress, Steve Hollis was on hand to look after the ex-Premiership star.’
    occasional, casual, irregular, isolated, incidental, random, sporadic, seasonal, periodic, part-time
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    1. 3.1 Spare; unoccupied.
      ‘when you've got an odd five minutes, could I have a word?’
      • ‘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
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  • 4Separated from a usual pair or set and therefore out of place or mismatched.

    ‘he's wearing odd socks’
    • ‘Ever wondered if all those forgotten passwords end up in the same place as those missing odd socks?’
    • ‘I once wrote a manifesto for odd socks wearers on a post-it note.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pace of events has slowed down and we take time for personal maintenance, like washing odd socks.’
    • ‘Your muddled brain, full of paperclips and odd socks and dirty cotton wool buds simply cannot function.’
    • ‘But the forks they use will be an odd assortment of different sets.’
    • ‘If the pans remain level, the odd coin is among the 13 set aside.’
    mismatched, unmatched, unpaired
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  • 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’
      • ‘Persil the piglet could be forgiven for feeling the odd one out.’
      • ‘I can look violent or like the odd one out, an outsider.’
      • ‘He wanted to be one of the boys, not the odd one out.’
      • ‘She is the odd one out, the singleton who gets caught in the middle of the warring couples.’
      • ‘However, in the second tier pension range, there is an odd one out.’
      • ‘Yet they were very close; I'd often feel like the odd one out.’
      • ‘As a piano player, he's the odd one out in a festival that's about chamber music, but he's very valuable.’
      • ‘But I didn't want to be odd one out at a family table.’
      • ‘Italy was the odd one out of the six founder member states.’
      • ‘Even Christine Hamilton could spot the odd one out in that line-up.’


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