Basic+ Word of the Day: odd

odd (adjective) LISTEN

Odd socks.

If something or someone is odd, it means that they are strange or unusual.

  • His hair is a very odd color.

If something is odd, it can mean that it doesn’t happen all the time. For example, an odd job is a small job that you do once.

  • I prefer to do odd jobs because I don't want to work all the time.

We can also use the word odd when there should be two of something, but there is only one.

  • An odd sock! Where's the other one?

An odd number is a number that ends in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9.

  • 135 is an odd number.

Common uses

If we think that something is very strange, we can say, “How odd!” For example, “I’m sure I left my keys on the table, but now I can’t find them. How odd!”

In pop culture

Oddjob is a character in the James Bond film Goldfinger. He’s famous for throwing his hat like a weapon. In this video from the film, Oddjob shows Bond how he can throw his hat.

There are other meanings of odd.

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