- 1 strange or unusual They're very odd people. There's something odd about that man. Doesn't it strike you as 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
- 3the odd [only before noun] (no comparative or superlative) happening or appearing occasionally; not very regular or frequent synonym 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. opposite even approximately
- 7(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. Idioms
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a person or thing that is different from others or does not fit easily into a group or set At school he was always the odd man out. Dog, cat, horse, shoe—which is the odd one out?
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noun [uncountable] the oddness of her appearance His oddness frightened her.