Word family noun oddity adjective odd adverb oddly
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishoddodd /ɒd $ ɑːd/ ●●● S1 W3 AWL adjective (comparative odder, superlative oddest) 1 strangeSTRANGE 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 thesaurus at strange2 the odd occasion/day/moment/drink etc3 various [only before noun]VARIOUS/OF DIFFERENT KINDS not specially chosen or collected Any odd scrap of paper will do.4 not in a pair/set [only before noun]GROUP OF THINGS separated from a pair or set an odd shoeodd socks/gloves etc (=not a matching pair of socks etc) He was wearing odd socks.5 odd number6 20-odd/30-odd etc7 the odd man/one outoddness noun [uncountable] oddly
Examples from the Corpus
oddApparently the odd arrangement was uninteresting to a teenager.Reynolds was an odd choice to host the show.an odd combinationSpurred by some odd impulse, he threw the trowel as far as he could.One carried his dark jacket in an odd kind of bundle under one arm.There was an odd kind of silence.I started out as a gofer, running errands for him and doing odd little jobs.Timber? That's kind of an odd name for a kid.He was the odd one out in a gifted family.an odd sockShe looked more odd than ever and her movements were beginning to stiffen.it is/seems odd (that)I just think it is odd at 17 to spend all your time with one person.In the circumstances, it seems odd that Hrabal's importance to cinema has been severely under-rated.Bale is excellent, and it is odd to think how close Leonardo DiCaprio came to being monumentally miscast in the part.odd socks/gloves etcOn his feet were a pair of odd socks that were holed at the toes.For dumped along with several worn and odd socks was £500 he had hidden in the foot of one pair!
Origin odd (1300-1400) Old Norse oddi point of land, triangle, odd number