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[od] /ɒd/

adjective, odder, oddest.
differing in nature from what is ordinary, usual, or expected:
an odd choice.
singular or peculiar in a strange or eccentric way:
an odd person; odd manners.
fantastic; bizarre:
Her taste in clothing was rather odd.
leaving a remainder of 1 when divided by 2, as a number (opposed to ):
Numbers like 3, 15, and 181 are odd numbers.
more or less, especially a little more (used in combination with a round number):
I owe three hundred-odd dollars.
being a small amount in addition to what is counted or specified:
I have five gross and a few odd dozens.
being part of a pair, set, or series of which the rest is lacking:
an odd glove.
remaining after all others are paired, grouped, or divided into equal numbers or parts:
Everybody gets two hamburgers and I get the odd one.
left over after all others are used, consumed, etc.
(of a pair) not matching:
Do you know you’re wearing an odd pair of socks?
not forming part of any particular group, set, or class:
to pick up odd bits of information.
not regular, usual, or full-time; occasional; casual:
odd jobs.
out-of-the-way; secluded:
a tour to the odd parts of the Far East.
Mathematics. (of a function) having a sign that changes when the sign of each independent variable is changed at the same time.
something that is odd.

unusual or peculiar in appearance, character, etc
occasional, incidental, or random: odd jobs
leftover or additional: odd bits of wool

being part of a matched pair or set when the other or others are missing: an odd sock, odd volumes
(in combination) used to designate an indefinite quantity more than the quantity specified in round numbers: fifty-odd pounds
out-of-the-way or secluded: odd corners
(maths) (of a function) changing sign but not absolute value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y=x³ See even1 (sense 13)
odd man out, a person or thing excluded from others forming a group, unit, etc

a thing or person that is odd in sequence or number

late 14c., from odd + -ness.

c.1300, “constituting a unit in excess of an even number,” from Old Norse oddi “third or additional number,” as in odda-maðr “third man, odd man (who gives the casting vote),” odda-tala “odd number.” The literal meaning of Old Norse oddi is “point of land, angle” (related via notion of “triangle” to oddr “point of a weapon”); from Proto-Germanic *uzdaz “pointed upward” (cf. Old English ord “point of a weapon, spear, source, beginning,” Old Frisian ord “point, place,” Dutch oord “place, region,” Old High German ort “point, angle,” German Ort “place”), from PIE *uzdho- (cf. Lithuanian us-nis “thistle”). None of the other languages, however, shows the Old Norse development from “point” to “third number.” Used from late 14c. to indicate a surplus over any given sum.

Sense of “strange, peculiar” first attested 1580s from notion of “odd one out, unpaired one of three” (attested earlier, c.1400, as “singular” in a positive sense of “renowned, rare, choice”). Odd job (c.1770) is so called from notion of “not regular.” Odd lot “incomplete or random set” is from 1897. The international order of Odd Fellows began as local social clubs in England, late 18c., with Masonic-type trappings; formally organized 1813 in Manchester.
Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 1, such as 17 or -103.


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