odd - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    unusual or unexpected in a way that attracts your interest or attention

    Harry’s behaviour 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.


    an odd-sounding name


    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 again (=I like to have a beer sometimes) .

  3. 4
    [usually before noun] an odd number is a whole number that cannot be divided exactly by two, for example 1, 3, 5, 7 etc
  4. 5
    [usually before noun] not having the other member of a pair
  5. 6
    [never before noun] informal approximately

    He must be sixty odd (=about 60 years old).

    There were 200 odd people in the room.

derived word


noun [uncountable]