Adjective "odd" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Different to what is usual or expected; strange.
  1. with clause 'it's odd that she didn't recognize me'
  2. 'He reached into his pocket for his keys, and he noticed something odd.'
  3. 'Back in the desert I had an odd sensation of riding into a landscape.'
  4. 'She began to tremble violently as she felt an odd sensation come over her.'
  5. 'After a while she noticed something quite odd.'
  6. 'Sometimes I meet people in odd places and am surprised to learn that they are on their first overseas trip.'
  7. 'The acting is strong, though odd at times.'
  8. 'Images are made strange in her works by their changed contexts and odd juxtapositions.'
  9. 'The odd thing is that he did the interview at all, I think.'
  10. 'They think it's rather odd to be so highly involved in football and it's vice-versa.'
  11. 'She thought it odd that Jake would do so many nice things for him.'
(of whole numbers such as 3 and 5) having one left over as a remainder when divided by two.
  1. 'Goldbach also conjectured that every odd number is the sum of three primes.'
  2. 'When k is an integer there are k or 2k petals depending whether k is odd or even.'
  3. 'In every known pair, both numbers are even or both are odd.'
  4. 'The issue of odd perfect numbers remains unsettled, however.'
  5. 'In his talk, he gave an outline of some of Thompson's work, beginning with the odd order theorem of Feit and Thompson.'
  6. 'Hence such graphs require n to be odd, and then for each axis there are n such graphs.'
  7. 'An odd perfect number is defined to be an odd integer that is equal to the sum of its proper divisors.'
  8. 'Every even natural number x greater than six can be written as the sum of two distinct odd primes.'
  9. 'she looked younger than her fifty-odd years'
  10. 'The Celts slipped to their fifth defeat of the season when they lost by the odd goal to Whitby Town at the Turnbull Ground.'
  11. 'The U12 side went down by the odd goal in seven to Yeats United.'
  12. 'Hull surrendered their unbeaten start to the season at the weekend as they lost out by the odd goal in five to Port Vale.'
  13. 'But they were shaded to the honours by the odd goal of a seven-goal thriller.'
  14. 'Dartford went down to the odd goal in five at home to Dr Martens Eastern Division League leaders Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.'
  15. 'All four ties played last weekend in the fourth round of the York FA Sunday Morning Junior Cup were decided by the odd goal.'
  16. 'Barmby Moor won a thriller at Ouseburn where they edged home by the odd goal in nine.'
  17. 'South Bank won a close game at Civil Service by the odd goal in five.'
  18. 'For the last two weeks Dunnington have been unlucky to go down by the odd goal, but at home to Haxby everything went right for them.'
  19. 'Division three leaders Bishopthorpe's title hopes took a dent when they went down to the odd goal in seven at Fulford.'
Happening or occurring infrequently and irregularly; occasional.
  1. 'They apologised as they fidgeted with the bags and behaved as well as they could but lost their nerve on the odd occasion.'
  2. 'However, they quickly dried in the sunshine with just the odd patch of mud remaining.'
  3. 'But on the odd occasion they venture outside these extremes, the country descends into chaos.'
  4. 'It showed as low tackle followed low tackle, followed by the odd flamboyant dive or five.'
  5. 'I'm doing a small site on Ghost Buildings - a unimaginative term for the odd remainders left behind when a building goes down.'
  6. 'And although the odd incident used to happen in the past, that number has increased with the number of activities in the area.'
  7. 'In the meantime I am eating toast with marmalade every few minutes and the odd meal whenever I can face it.'
  8. 'I have to admit, I have milked my abilities on the odd occasion.'
  9. 'And, on the odd occasion, he has even been put in as an emergency centre-back.'
  10. 'We had the odd drink together but we didn't glam around.'
  11. 'when you've got an odd five minutes, could I have a word?'
  12. 'What you get are basically four fun, simple little games, that are great to come back to for the odd five minutes of playing.'
Separated from a usual pair or set and therefore out of place or mismatched.
  1. 'If the pans remain level, the odd coin is among the 13 set aside.'
  2. 'The pace of events has slowed down and we take time for personal maintenance, like washing odd socks.'
  3. 'Your muddled brain, full of paperclips and odd socks and dirty cotton wool buds simply cannot function.'
  4. 'I've heard of sock heaven for odd socks, but there must be a bookmark heaven for missing bookmarks as I've lost heaps over the years.'


1. differing in nature from what is ordinary, usual, or expected: an odd choice.

2. singular or peculiar in a strange or eccentric way: an odd person; odd manners.

3. fantastic; bizarre: Her taste in clothing was rather odd.

4. leaving a remainder of 1 when divided by 2, as a number (opposed to even): Numbers like 3, 15, and 181 are odd numbers.

5. more or less, especially a little more (used in combination with a round number): I owe three hundred-odd

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be odd in places."

"watches can be odd in terms."

"tranquillities can be odd after riots."

"tranquillities can be odd after arrests."

"reasons can be odd without things."

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Middle English (in odd (sense 2)): from Old Norse odda-, found in combinations such as odda-mathr ‘third or odd man’, from oddi ‘angle’.


odd one (or man) out