from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something left over.
  • noun Odds and ends.
  • noun An oddity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something remaining over; a thing not reckoned or included; an article belonging to a broken or incomplete set; a remnant; a trifle; an odd thing or job: usually in the plural.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Printing) An odd thing, or one that is left over, disconnected, fragmentary, or the like; something that is separated or disconnected from its fellows
  • noun A piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold.
  • noun Something unusual, and perhaps worthy of collecting.
  • noun Odds and ends; a motley assortment of things.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something left over, such as a piece of cloth; a remnant or offcut.
  • noun Something unusual, an oddity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
  • noun a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold


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  • Long craft were brought from the caves laden with every kind of oddment, iron kettles, anvils, transmitters, birdcages, treasure, and dark figures hauled them out through the surf.

    The Life of the World to Come

  • I believe he expected me to give him a receipt in round hundreds and take the "oddment," as we call it in


  • Then there are houses where the people employed in the paper-works lodge, a recently-acquired home for the better class of men, which was once a mansion of the De Clifford family, and afterwards a hospital, and a store where every kind of oddment is sold by Dutch auction.


  • One thinker that is deftly oddment about most of them is that each is as dumb and stupid as the next

    Kog Zadare, only living person...

  • If you see an oddment available, email me at and put the title of the painting you want in the subject line.

    Boing Boing

  • Mrs. Babbit would bring a pot of the "Soup of the Day" from the adjoining diner for the maids to enjoy with whatever oddment they had brought from home to eat.

    Everyday Things Made Beautiful

  • While puzzling over this funereal oddment, the movement of something overhead pulls his focus.

    Grievous battily harm

  • He suddenly remembered Dumbledore's idea of a few words: 'nitwit', 'oddment', 'blubber' and 'tweak 1, and again, had to suppress a grin ... what was the matter with him?

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • This section was an oddment, which General Clayton had seen in

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • And instead of saying "I would like to say a few words: Nitwit! blubber! oddment! tweak!"

    Harry Potter and the Dropped Ball


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  • Oh, I have stashes of oddments everywhere.

    June 18, 2007