odd (ɒd) | |
—adj | |
1. | unusual or peculiar in appearance, character, etc |
2. | occasional, incidental, or random: odd jobs |
3. | leftover or additional: odd bits of wool |
4. | a. not divisible by two |
b. Compare even represented or indicated by a number that is not divisible by two: graphs are on odd pages | |
5. | being part of a matched pair or set when the other or others are missing: an odd sock; odd volumes |
6. | (in combination) used to designate an indefinite quantity more than the quantity specified in round numbers: fifty-odd pounds |
7. | out-of-the-way or secluded: odd corners |
8. | maths See even (of a function) changing sign but not absolute value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y=x³ |
9. | odd man out a person or thing excluded from others forming a group, unit, etc |
—n | |
10. | golf |
a. one stroke more than the score of one's opponent | |
b. an advantage or handicap of one stroke added to or taken away from a player's score | |
11. | a thing or person that is odd in sequence or number |
[C14: odde: from Old Norse oddi point, angle, triangle, third or odd number. Compare Old Norse oddr point, spot, place; Old English ord point, beginning] | |
'oddly | |
—adv | |
'oddness | |
—n |
odd (ŏd) Pronunciation Key
Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 1, such as 17 or -103. |
odds
In addition to the idioms beginning with odds, also see against all odds; at odds; by all odds; lay odds.