Word of the Day: odd

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February 10, 2016
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What an odd carrot!

Odd means 'strange,' 'unusual,' or 'unexpected.' It can also mean 'approximately,' as well as 'not regular' or 'occasional.' When talking about pairs, it can mean that one item of the pair is missing or that the two items don't match. If you want to indicate that a number is approximate, you can also write "-odd" after it.

Example sentences

  • He was an odd guy and you could never tell what he was going to say next.
  • Mark was only 30-odd years old, but he definitely looked older.
  • I'll have the odd pizza but usually my diet is very healthy.
  • I only have odd socks in my drawer! Where did all the other ones go?
Words often used with odd

the odd one out: something or someone that is different from all the rest of a group. For example "Being the only girl on her team, Jenny often felt like the odd one out."

odd job: a small job or task that you do occasionally, especially at home. For example, "On Sundays I usually do odd jobs around the house, like fixing things that are broken."

Did you know?
Odd also has an important meaning in mathematics. Whole numbers (ie, not fractions or decimals) are classified as either odd or even. For example, 3 and 5 are odd numbers and 2 and 4 are even.
Other forms
oddly (adverb); from this we have the common phrase oddly enough, which means 'surprisingly.' Example: "I haven't eaten all day. Oddly enough, I'm not hungry!"
Odd dates back to the first half of the 14th century and comes from the Middle English word odde. It is similar to the Old Norse word oddi.
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