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

    ‘we have the odd drink together’
    • ‘In the meantime I am eating toast with marmalade every few minutes and the odd meal whenever I can face it.’
    • ‘I haven't been keeping up with his last few releases, although the odd track has occasionally grabbed my attention.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I am relatively immune from this in the middle of Bear Lane, although I occasionally hear the odd siren.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Truth be told, there are crowds of people who never drink, or who drink only on the odd occasion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We had the odd drink together but we didn't glam around.’
    • ‘And although the odd incident used to happen in the past, that number has increased with the number of activities in the area.’
    • ‘However, they quickly dried in the sunshine with just the odd patch of mud remaining.’
    • ‘And on the odd occasion Redfearn escaped the clutches of Bauress, Steve Hollis was on hand to look after the ex-Premiership star.’
    • ‘Sharp riffs that occasionally nick the odd melody.’
    • ‘And, on the odd occasion, he has even been put in as an emergency centre-back.’
    • ‘However, there is the occasional shock and the odd fleeting moment of interest as to who will be next for the chop.’
    • ‘On the odd occasion he might wish to be somewhere else.’
    • ‘But on the odd occasion they venture outside these extremes, the country descends into chaos.’
    • ‘Messi's account of his spare time includes nothing racier than PlayStation and the odd barbecue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have to admit, I have milked my abilities on the odd occasion.’
    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?’
    • ‘If the pans remain level, the odd coin is among the 13 set aside.’
    • ‘The pace of events has slowed down and we take time for personal maintenance, like washing odd socks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the forks they use will be an odd assortment of different sets.’
    • ‘I once wrote a manifesto for odd socks wearers on a post-it note.’
    • ‘Your muddled brain, full of paperclips and odd socks and dirty cotton wool buds simply cannot function.’
    mismatched, unmatched, unpaired
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Middle English (in odd): from Old Norse odda-, found in combinations such as odda-mathr third or odd man, from oddi angle.