Definition of odds in English:

odds

plural noun

  • 1The ratio between the amounts staked by the parties to a bet, based on the expected probability either way:

    ‘Nicer is starting at odds of 8-1’
    ‘it is possible for the race to be won at very long odds’
    • ‘Having opened at the prohibitive odds of 4/6 she was expected to enjoy a fairly comfortable success.’
    • ‘You could have had odds of 3-1 from Ladbrookes on Tabby to win before the first live heat, but now those odds have shortened even more.’
    • ‘Malcolm confirms that the odds of winning big lottery and pokie payouts are ‘in the millions to one’.’
    • ‘As illustrated by the odds ratios, the odds of rearrest for traditionally adjudicated offenders are two times those of drug court participants.’
    • ‘Before play, bookmakers were quoting odds of 33-1 on Bangladesh and 1-500 Australia.’
    • ‘Bookmakers are quoting long odds of 16-1 on a Tory victory; but 5-1 on a hung parliament.’
    • ‘As I explained in this article, the odds of winning the Jackpot are almost fourteen million to one.’
    • ‘At odds of 16-1, and with White displaying splendid form throughout the first five days of action, it began to look like very prescient gambling.’
    • ‘But before gamblers get too excited, they should remember that the odds of winning the jackpot are nearly one in 14m.’
    • ‘Use of the Whipple Bumper is expected to reduce the odds of a collision to one in ten.’
    • ‘However, if you have the maximum £30,000 invested, the odds of winning the jackpot fall to around 1 in 770,000 per draw.’
    • ‘He also liked the bookmaker's odds of 7/2 for nobody to win a Grand Slam this time around.’
    • ‘Many people who play the lottery tend to forget about, or pay scant attention to, the odds of winning.’
    • ‘Ms Thompson said Mr Doran was ‘absolutely right’ to say that the odds of winning the jackpot were 14 million to one.’
    • ‘No self-respecting gambler would play odds of 14 million to one.’
    • ‘Bookmakers are offering odds of 500-1 that Rooney will receive a knighthood after his explosive Reds debut.’
    • ‘Differences are reported as odds ratios and based on the statistic.’
    • ‘But the odds of winning the jackpot on the lottery are still 1,000 times better, at one in nearly 14m.’
    • ‘At Stroud bookmakers in Hull he claimed to have won big money after staking £1.50 on an Irish Lottery game at incredible odds of 6,561-1.’
    • ‘NSW Lotteries said the odds of buying a single winning ticket in the $2 jackpot were one in 11.8 million.’
    1. 1.1usually the odds The chances or likelihood of something happening or being the case:
      ‘the odds are that he is no longer alive’
      ‘the odds against this ever happening are high’
      • ‘I mentioned that the odds against him winning, according to Centrebet, were 46 to 1.’
      • ‘Consequently, if you do not already manage someone who is handicapped, the odds are increasing that some day you will.’
      • ‘Ms. Cohen herself acknowledges the odds against her.’
      • ‘And when that happened the odds are that we would lose both the building and the local provision of services.’
      • ‘But to take this route as an author of creative fiction would seem to be the clearest way to stack the odds against the novel's success.’
      • ‘Although the odds against creating such an effective organization to represent taxpaying interests seem steep, the numbers give hope.’
      • ‘One of my dazed wits tried to tell me the odds against this actually happening.’
      • ‘If you are female, the odds are that you are more attractive than you think, so try flirting with some better-looking men.’
      • ‘With what followed, the golfing odds may be against either claiming an unlikely victory today, but these were welcome returns to form nonetheless.’
      • ‘Finally, according to Freeman, the odds against all three of these statistical anomalies occurring together are 250 million to one.’
      • ‘But the odds are that hostility will get even worse.’
      • ‘But odds are that it won't undo all of today's rain-induced vulnerability.’
      • ‘In another, the odds against chance were calculated to be 10 11 to 1.’
      • ‘To say we've beaten the odds against success is an understatement.’
      • ‘Therefore, the odds are that most of them will take the chance of bringing it into court.’
      • ‘But if a paper decides to run an article like this, the odds are that it will actually hit the streets, with punishment coming after the fact.’
      • ‘It is a story of determination over great odds, strokes of luck and relentless love.’
      • ‘If this does not happen the odds are that the Mountmellick TD could be on his way out of Leinster House.’
      • ‘But in a one-typesetter town, the odds are that the local type shop will offer mainly ITC faces.’
      • ‘It will cost a lot of money, and the odds are that it won't work, right?’
      likelihood, probability, chances, chance, balance
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    2. 1.2usually the odds The balance of advantage; superiority in strength, power, or resources:
      ‘she clung to the lead against all the odds’
      ‘the odds were overwhelmingly in favour of the banks rather than the customer’
      • ‘This was a massive point won by Wanderers against all the odds and it may prove absolutely vital in the context of the season as a whole.’
      • ‘Against all the odds the motion was passed but it later emerged that at the time of the voting most of the delegates were at Mass.’
      • ‘But that didn't surprise me, because there's a side to Annabelle which is about holding out against all the odds.’
      • ‘He chose Duan Qirui, who thus, on 24 November 1924, came back to power against all the odds.’
      • ‘Three months later, against all the odds, Owain was battling on and was finally allowed home - just in time for Mother's Day!’
      • ‘The moral is if these guys could do it, against all the odds, so could you.’
      • ‘Against all the odds Keble extended their lead to 17-3 and, despite a mini-revival from Brasenose they held on to this advantage at half time.’
      • ‘He overcame these and tackled his job with enthusiasm and flair that got results against all the odds.’
      • ‘He had a great fighting spirit to keep going against all the odds.’
      • ‘Against all the odds, Hu has found happiness in Shenzhen - and not just in materialistic terms.’
      • ‘We had a bit of luck but we had a big heart and a lot of belief and sometimes that can achieve things against all the odds.’
      • ‘He reminded the congregation of the Pioneer Movement which against all the odds, had an increased membership of 15,000 last year.’
      • ‘Tonight I shall raise my glass to all those nameless individuals that against all the odds bring happiness and prosperity to this land of smiles.’
      • ‘Against all the odds an unbeaten home record had been preserved, while in turn Cork City had held on to their unbeaten away record.’
      • ‘He fought that election against all the odds and was within a half percent of pulling off a spectacular victory.’
      • ‘You could say the same about director Bille Woodruff's last movie, Honey, which against all the odds, I totally loved.’
      • ‘As the characters struggle to be human against all the odds the play reflects the struggle that all humans face in life.’
      • ‘Jimmy Carter, against all the odds, won the Democratic Nomination for the 1976 American presidential election.’
      • ‘Fair play to them both, they took on what was a mountainous challenge and now against all the odds have emerged victorious.’
      • ‘In some cases some succeeded against all the odds.’
      advantage, lead, edge, superiority, supremacy, ascendancy
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Origin

Early 16th century: apparently the plural of the obsolete noun odd ‘odd number or odd person’.

Pronunciation:

odds

/ɒdz/