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1‘the neighbours thought him very odd’
strange, peculiar, weird, queer, funny, bizarre, eccentric, unusual, abnormal, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, offbeat, freakish, quirky, quaint, zany, off-centre
informal wacky, freaky, kooky, screwy, kinky, oddball, cranky
North American informal off the wall, wacko, bizarro
NZ Australian informal, dated dilly
2‘quite a few odd things had happened in the last two days’
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
suspicious, dubious, questionable
informal fishy, creepy, spooky
British informal rum
uneven, not divisible by two
4‘we have the odd drink together’
occasional, casual, irregular, isolated, incidental, random, sporadic, seasonal, periodic, part-time
miscellaneous, various, varied, sundry
5‘when you've got an odd five minutes, could I have a word’
spare, unoccupied, free, not committed, available
between engagements, between appointments
6‘he's wearing odd shoes’
mismatched, unmatched, unpaired
single, lone, solitary, extra, surplus, leftover, remaining, unused
outsider, exception, oddity, nonconformist, maverick, individualist, misfit, eccentric, fish out of water, square peg in a round hole, round peg in a square hole
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