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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old Norse
Origin: oddi 'point of land, triangle, odd number'

odd

adjective
     
odd S1 W3 comparative odder, superlative oddest
1

strange

different from what is normal or expected, especially in a way that you disapprove of or cannot understand:
It was an odd thing to say.
an odd way to behave
They're an odd couple.
There was something odd about him.
What she did was unforgivable, but the odd thing was he didn't seem to mind.
She was holding an extremely odd-looking weapon.
it is/seems odd (that)
It seemed odd that he wanted a picture of me.
see usage note unusual
2

the odd occasion/day/moment/drink etc

especially British English a few occasions, days etc that happen at various times but not often and not regularly [= occasional]:
Lack of sleep doesn't matter on the odd occasion.
I take the odd day off work.
I like the odd glass of wine with my dinner.
Jo smokes the odd cigarette.
3

various

[only before noun] not specially chosen or collected:
Any odd scrap of paper will do.
4

not in a pair/set

[only before noun] separated from a pair or set:
an odd shoe
odd socks/gloves etc (=not a matching pair of socks etc)
He was wearing odd socks.
5

odd number

HMN a number that cannot be divided exactly by two, for example 1, 3, 5, 7 etc [≠ even number]
6

20-odd/30-odd etc

spoken a little more than 20 etc:
I have another 20-odd years to work before I retire.
7

the odd man/one out

British English someone or something that is different from the rest of the group or not included in it:
Which shape is the odd one out?
I was always the odd one out at school.
oddness noun [uncountable]
oddlyWORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

unusual, strange, odd, bizarre, extraordinary, exceptional, remarkable
Unusual is neither approving nor disapproving a suit made of unusual material an unusual name Her response was unusual.Strange and odd mean unusual in a way that you cannot understand. They are sometimes used to show slight disapproval or distrust a very strange man I found his attitude a bit odd.Bizarre means very unusual, especially in a way that you think is amusing or that is hard to believe a bizarre haircut Extraordinary can be approving or disapproving, but suggests approval when it is used to describe a person What an extraordinary idea! (can suggest you strongly disagree) My mother was an extraordinary woman (=very impressive, talented etc).Exceptional and remarkable often mean unusually good or impressive a writer of exceptional talent a remarkable filmSee also unusual

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