Definition of oddity in English:

oddity

noun

  • 1A strange or peculiar person, thing, or trait.

    ‘she was regarded as a bit of an oddity’
    • ‘For the longest time, most of the searches finding this blog were for the terms human oddities or human mishaps.’
    • ‘Monumental success meant the desire to turn Powers and his gang of cinematic oddities into that aforementioned franchise.’
    • ‘Occasional harmonic oddities are scattered throughout the arrangements.’
    • ‘Written with charm and humour, this is a touching, absorbing oddity of a book about love, grief, avarice and generosity.’
    • ‘The book is filled with astonishing performances, with strange and delightful oddities.’
    • ‘Lauder warns against stereotyping racists as uneducated oddities.’
    • ‘He had his oddities and eccentricities, but murder wasn't one of them.’
    • ‘Of course that doesn't compensate for oddities in the original recordings.’
    • ‘All field huts are very welcome oddities in this environment.’
    • ‘Margret stared in wonder, her town had nothing like the strange creatures and oddities for sale that were here.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean the oddities are any easier to swallow but eventually you'll get it down once you're a little used to it.’
    • ‘Getting close enables you to begin to understand these oddities of nature.’
    • ‘European astronomers have discovered a true space oddity: a quasar without a detectable home galaxy.’
    • ‘Throughout the last three years of my education, I have come to realise just how many oddities Biology students share.’
    • ‘But the stark, dystopian science-fiction tale has become a cult oddity if not a classic.’
    • ‘The people searching for pictures of human oddities are just sick, I tell you.’
    • ‘I hope no one is too disappointed there are no actual photos of human oddities.’
    • ‘Then we have the historical oddities: the very old, the very weird, the very unlikely.’
    • ‘The small oddities encountered en route were also interesting enough for the camera and the cameraman.’
    • ‘The book reveals its oddities and back-story in tiny sips, interspersed masterfully through the fast-paced action.’
    peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, quirk, irregularity, twist, kink, crotchet, mannerism
    eccentric, crank, misfit, fish out of water, square peg in a round hole, round peg in a square hole, maverick, nonconformist, original, rare bird
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    1. 1.1 The quality of being strange or peculiar.
      ‘realizing the oddity of the remark, he retracted it’
      • ‘The highlanders, with their visible poverty and audible oddity of speech, met with a mixed reception and often sent home unfavourable reports.’
      • ‘One oddity of this 1971 show is that Jesus is not the ‘star’ of his own show.’
      • ‘One oddity of the new system is the windfall it will bring unionized employers.’
      • ‘The oddity of these locutions indicates how far from the mark are the analyses of ‘know’ from which they derive.’
      • ‘McBurney captures precisely the lonely oddity of individual lives that characterises Murakami's work.’
      • ‘The oddity of this elaborate metaphor involving verse and human feet should not go unnoticed.’
      • ‘I can imagine that this play would have been the hardest to direct due to the sheer oddity of it all.’
      • ‘Some commentators have noted an oddity in Durkheim's writings.’
      • ‘What Lenkiewicz brings to the party is an eye for the ramshackle oddity of family life.’
      • ‘The oddity of what he wore and what he was doing suited him.’
      • ‘Thomas Pryor noted this oddity after observing one of the panel discussions in Hollywood.’
      • ‘The oddity of my catapulting into music made the subsequent speed of acquiring musical knowledge just as strange.’
      • ‘Callum nodded, he had noticed this oddity, but blamed it on a mistake.’
      • ‘The oddity of the practice is enhanced when I'm home alone.’
      • ‘One oddity of the generic preference polls is how volatile they are.’
      • ‘The oddity of Saintsbury's view may be easily seen in particular instances.’
      • ‘As they went out of the room, Lyenda voiced out one oddity of the palace.’
      • ‘The sheer oddity of this fabulous little book may explain why Boyd's writing is not more widely celebrated in Australia, and why it ought to be.’
      • ‘As she walked through the corridors, she noticed another oddity about the sub.’
      • ‘One oddity of the place is that they don't do much in the way of fish and chips.’
      strangeness, peculiarity, oddness, curiousness, weirdness, bizarreness, abnormality, unusualness, eccentricity, queerness, freakishness, unnaturalness, incongruity, incongruousness, outlandishness, extraordinariness, unconventionality, singularity, individuality, anomalousness
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Pronunciation:

oddity

/ˈädədē/