From Middle English od, odde (“odd, single”), from Old Norse oddi (“third or additional number, triangle”), from oddr (“point of a weapon”), from Proto-Germanic *uzdaz (“point”), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (“to stick, prick, pierce, sting”) + Proto-Indo-European *dʰe- (“to set, place”). Cognate with Icelandic oddi (“triangle, point of land, odd number”), Swedish udd (“a point”), Old English ord (“a point”). More at ord.
- (not comparable) Single; sole; singular; not having a mate.
- Optimistically, he had a corner of a drawer for odd socks.
- (obsolete) Singular in excellence; unique; sole; matchless; peerless; famous.
- Singular in looks or character; peculiar; eccentric.
- Strange, unusual.
- She slept in, which was very odd.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
- We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.
- (not comparable) Occasional; infrequent.
- but for the odd exception
- (not comparable) Left over, remaining when the rest have been grouped.
- I'm the odd one out.
- (not comparable) Casual, irregular, not planned.
- He's only worked odd jobs.
- (not comparable, in combination with a number, not comparable) About, approximately.
- There were thirty-odd people in the room.
- (not comparable) Not divisible by two; not even.
- The product of odd numbers is also odd.
- (not having a mate): single, mismatched
- (strange): bizarre, peculiar, queer, rum, strange, unusual, weird, fremd
- (about): about, approximately, around
- See also Wikisaurus:strange
- (not divisible by two): even
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