Meaning of ODD in English


I. ˈäd adjective

( usually -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle English odde, from Old Norse oddi point of land, triangle, odd number (as in such compounds as oddamathr odd man, oddatala odd number); akin to Old English ord point of a weapon, Old High German ort, Old Norse oddr, and probably to Lithuanian usnis thistle, hawthorn, Albanian usht ear of grain


a. : that is without its corresponding mate : that lacks its complementary match : that is unpaired

found two pairs of shoes and an odd shoe in the closet

lost a glove somewhere and was unable to match the odd one


(1) : that exists alone or is present alone in contrast with others that are paired or coupled or grouped : that is left over

four of them began playing bridge, and the odd player drew up a chair and watched

came without his wife and so turned out to be the odd guest at the party

(2) : that exists alone or is present alone as something that forms or that is designed to form part of a complete set or series : that is separated from an actual or contemplated complete set or series

had in his possession only two or three odd volumes of the original 12-volume set

c. chiefly dialect : that is the only one : single

just for this odd night — Margery Sharp

d. obsolete : excelling in a unique way : choice



(1) : being somewhat though insignificantly more than the indicated round number or than the indicated approximate quantity or extent or degree — used formerly with a preceding and

the eighty and odd pigeons — Matthew Arnold

but now usually used immediately following the numerical adjective and usually connected with it by a hyphen

a book of 300- odd pages

was 40- odd years old

(2) : increased by the addition of a fraction of one of the indicated units — now usually used following the substantive qualified by a numerical adjective

will cost 23 dollars odd


(1) : that constitutes a remainder in comparison with an expressed or implied unitary amount (as of money) : that is left over as a remainder

used most of the check for necessary expenses and spent the odd dollars on his hobby

(2) : that does not total up to any very considerable amount : that does not constitute any very considerable unitary amount

had some odd change in his pocket

some odd nickels and dimes

c. archaic : some , several — used to indicate an indefinite usually small number of unitary amounts of lesser extent than an immediately preceding unitary amount

two thousand odd hundred cavalry — R.T.Wilson

three thousand and odd hundred clouds — Henry Petowe


a. : being any member of a sequence of positive integers beginning with one and counting by twos : not divisible exactly by two — opposed to even

b. : having an odd number as one of a series

read every other odd page of the book

c. : marked by an odd number of units (as of measurement)

needed two odd -length boards, one of 3 feet and one of 5 feet

4. : that exists or occurs or is produced in addition to or apart from what is regular or planned in advance or taken into account: as


(1) : that is a scrap or fragment

swept up the odd bits of metal left on the floor

(2) : that is one of several or many mixed or varied usually unrelated things : miscellaneous

rummaged around and picked up a few odd things we needed

(3) : haphazard , random , scattered

collected odd bits of information

found a few odd references to the book


(1) : that occurs at an irregular or indefinitely determined time

the matter was brought up at one of the club's odd sessions

(2) : that occurs largely by chance : that occurs unpredictably : accidental , fortuitous

an odd stroke of luck

(3) : that occurs at some indefinitely indicated time : that comes along at some time or other

told her he would see her again some odd day

(4) : that occurs sporadically or in an isolated way : that crops up or materializes from time to time : happening or becoming available now and then : occasional , stray

manages to get in some reading at odd moments

at odd moments as a boy he was set to hoeing the family garden — Current Biography


(1) : that does not form part of a regular schedule (as of work) : that is done or engaged in or attended to over and above a regular program or routine : incidental

does odd chores around the house, potters ineffectually round the garden — Geoffrey Gorer

try to supplement their pensions by taking on odd jobs — M.A.Abrams

(2) : that is engaged to do miscellaneous work especially requiring little training or skill

hired a couple of odd hands for the farm

had begun life as an odd boy in various steelworks — R.W.Pickford

d. : that is produced over and above what comes from a regular source : extra

hoped to make a few odd dollars during his summer vacation

e. : casual 4 b (2)

wear odd jackets and slacks — Richard Joseph

5. : that has an out-of-the-way location : secluded , remote

found it in some odd corner of the house

6. : that differs markedly from what is usual or ordinary or accepted : that is hardly or not at all the expected or normal thing : peculiar: as


(1) : strange in behavior or action

a very odd way to show gratitude

has odd little habits

(2) : eccentric or mentally unbalanced

there must have been something odd about the man, or he wouldn't have buried himself alive — G.K.Chesterton


(1) : strange in appearance

had an odd look in her eyes

(2) : grotesque or freakish in appearance

was one of the oddest creatures I had ever seen


(1) : altogether unusual : most uncommon : quite extraordinary : singular , curious , queer

it's odd you didn't know

an odd collection of books

(2) : baffling , mysterious , inexplicable

suffered an odd impulse to get up and kick his chair over — Mary Austin

the young man had an odd effect on her, making her almost giddily loquacious — Harriet La Barre

Synonyms: see strange

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English odde, from odde, adjective

archaic : oddly

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: odd (I)


a. : a stroke in golf that when played will be one more than the number of strokes played for a hole by one's opponent

b. : a stroke deducted from a weaker opponent's golf score for a hole

2. : odd trick 1

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