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adjective odd pronunciation in American English /ɑd/
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  1. 1
    unusual or unexpected in a way that attracts your interest or attention
    Harry’s behavior did seem a little odd.
    His paintings are a rather odd mixture of German and British influences.
    it is odd (that): It’s very odd that he hasn’t sent you a birthday present.
    strike someone as odd (=make someone think that something is unexpected): It struck me as odd that there was no reply to my letter.
    odd-sounding: an odd-sounding name
    odd-looking: The children were very odd-looking in their costumes.
    the odd thing is (that) (=it is unexpected that): But the odd thing was that I didn’t feel guilty.
    that’s odd: That’s odd, I thought I left my coat on the chair.
  2. 2
    [only before noun] not happening frequently or regularly
    The weather will remain cloudy with odd showers here and there.
    the/an odd something: I enjoy the odd beer now and then (=I like to have a beer sometimes) .
  3. 3
    [only before noun] consisting of different types, sizes, shapes, colors, etc.
    The file was stuffed with notes and odd pieces of paper.
  4. 5
    [usually before noun] not having the other member of a pair
    odd socks/shoes/gloves
  5. 6
    [never before noun] informal in the region of: used after a number for saying that it is not exact
    He must be sixty odd (=about 60 years old).
    There were 200 odd people in the room.


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