Meaning of ODD in English

ODD

/ ɒd; NAmE ɑːd/ adjective

( odder , oddest )

STRANGE

1.

strange or unusual :

They're very odd people.

There's something odd about that man.

It's most odd that (= very odd that) she hasn't written.

The odd thing was that he didn't recognize me.

She had the oddest feeling that he was avoiding her.

—compare peculiar

ODD-

2.

(in compounds) strange or unusual in the way mentioned :

an odd-looking house

an odd-sounding name

NOT REGULAR / OFTEN

3.

the odd [ only before noun ] (no comparative or superlative) happening or appearing occasionally; not very regular or frequent

SYN occasional :

He makes the odd mistake—nothing too serious.

VARIOUS

4.

[ only before noun ] (no comparative or superlative) of no particular type or size; various :

decorations made of odd scraps of paper

NOT MATCHING

5.

[ usually before noun ] (no comparative or superlative) not with the pair or set that it belongs to; not matching :

You're wearing odd socks!

NUMBERS

6.

(no comparative or superlative) ( of numbers ) that cannot be divided exactly by the number two :

1, 3, 5 and 7 are odd numbers.

OPP even

AVAILABLE

7.

[ only before noun ] available; that sb can use

SYN spare :

Could I see you when you've got an odd moment ?

APPROXIMATELY

8.

(no comparative or superlative; usually placed immediately after a number) approximately or a little more than the number mentioned :

How old is she—seventy odd?

He's worked there for twenty-odd years.

►  odd·ness noun [ U ]:

the oddness of her appearance

His oddness frightened her.

IDIOMS

- the odd man / one out

—more at fish noun

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WORD ORIGIN

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

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