American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deviating from what is ordinary, usual, or expected; strange or peculiar: an odd name; odd behavior. See Synonyms at strange.
- adj. Being in excess of the indicated or approximate number, extent, or degree. Often used in combination: invited 30-odd guests.
- adj. Constituting a remainder: had some odd dollars left over.
- adj. Small in amount: jingled the odd change in my pockets.
- adj. Being one of an incomplete pair or set: an odd shoe.
- adj. Remaining after others have been paired or grouped.
- adj. Mathematics Designating an integer not divisible by two, such as 1, 3, and 5.
- adj. Not expected, regular, or planned: called at odd intervals.
- adj. Remote; out-of-the-way: found the antique shop in an odd corner of town.
- n. Something odd.
- n. Sports In the United States, a golf score one stroke higher than the score of one's opponent.
- n. Sports In Great Britain, a stroke added to a superior golfer's score or a stroke taken away from an inferior golfer's score in order to equalize the chances of winning a match.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Single; sole; singular; especially, single as rendering a pair or series incomplete; lacking a match; being of a pair or series of which the rest is wanting: as, an odd glove; two or three odd volumes of a series.
- Singular in excellence; unique; sole; hence, peerless; famous.
- Singular in looks or character; peculiar; eccentric; at variance with what is usual: as, an odd way of doing things; an odd appearance.
- Leaving, as a number, a remainder of one when divided by two: opposed to even.
- Numbered with an odd number: as, the odd files of a company (that is, the files numbered 1, 3, 5, and so on).
- Left over after pairs have been reckoned; by extension, remaining after any division into equal numbers or parts: thus, the division of sixteen or nineteen among five leaves an odd one or four odd.
- Remaining over after, or differing from, the just or customary number.
- Additional to a whole mentioned in round numbers, or to any other specified whole: following and after a number or quantity, or without and when it takes the place of a unit appended to a ten.
- Not included with others; not taken into the common account; sporadic; incidental; casual: as, a few odd trifles; to read a book at odd times.
- Out of the way; remote.
- At odds; at variance; unable to consort or agree.
- Strange, Queer, etc. (see eccentric), grotesque, droll, comical.
- n. Something that is numerically odd. In golf, ‘an odd,’ ‘two odds,’ etc., per hole is the handicap given to a weaker opponent by deducting one, two, etc., strokes from his total for every hole. To have played the ‘odd’ is to have played one stroke more than one's opponent. If one's opponent has played one stroke more, that is, the ‘odd,’ one's next stroke is the ‘like’; if two strokes more, one's next stroke will be ‘one off two’; if three more, ‘one off three’; and so on.
- adj. not comparable Single; sole; singular; not having a mate.
- adj. obsolete Singular in excellence; unique; sole; matchless; peerless; famous.
- adj. Singular in looks or character; peculiar; eccentric.
- adj. Strange, unusual.
- adj. not comparable Occasional; infrequent.
- adj. not comparable Left over, remaining when the rest have been grouped
- adj. not comparable Casual, irregular, not planned.
- adj. not comparable, in combination with a number, not comparable About, approximately.
- adj. not comparable Not divisible by two.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not paired with another, or remaining over after a pairing; without a mate; unmatched; single.
- adj. Not divisible by 2 without a remainder; not capable of being evenly paired, one unit with another.
- adj. Left over after a definite round number has been taken or mentioned; indefinitely, but not greatly, exceeding a specified number; extra.
- adj. Remaining over; unconnected; detached; fragmentary; hence, occasional; inconsiderable.
- adj. Different from what is usual or common; unusual; singular; peculiar; unique; strange.
- adj. not divisible by two
- adj. an indefinite quantity more than that specified
- adj. of the remaining member of a pair, of socks e.g.
- adj. not used up
- adj. not easily explained
- adj. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English odde, from Old Norse oddi, point of land, triangle, odd number. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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