Meaning of ODD in English
/ ɒd; NAmE ɑːd/ adjective
( odder , oddest )
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.
(in compounds) strange or unusual in the way mentioned :
an odd-looking house
an odd-sounding name
NOT REGULAR / OFTEN
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.
[ only before noun ] (no comparative or superlative) of no particular type or size; various :
decorations made of odd scraps of paper
[ usually before noun ] (no comparative or superlative) not with the pair or set that it belongs to; not matching :
You're wearing odd socks!
(no comparative or superlative) ( of numbers ) that cannot be divided exactly by the number two :
1, 3, 5 and 7 are odd numbers.
[ only before noun ] available; that sb can use
SYN spare :
Could I see you when you've got an odd moment ?
(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.
- the odd man / one out
—more at fish noun
Middle English (in the numerical sense): from Old Norse odda- , found in combinations such as odda-mathr third or odd man, from oddi angle.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005