Synonyms for odd

Grammar : Adj
Spell : od
Phonetic Transcription : ɒd

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Définition of odd

Origin :
  • 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.
  • adj miscellaneous, various
  • adj single, unmatched; uneven
Example sentences :
  • If there was anything she hated, it was nooks and odd corners.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • He had read a good deal at odd times, and had seen a great deal of men.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • It is odd how one gets callous to death, a mediaeval callousness.
  • Extract from : « Ballads of a Bohemian » by Robert W. Service
  • Isn't it odd to think that we are going to be practically one family!
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The odd coincidence of their paths crossing again troubled him.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Six, eight, ten, by even numbers; just as in medicines by odd numbers.
  • Extract from : « The Imaginary Invalid » by Molire
  • It is odd that you should alone be ignorant of your daughter's sense!
  • Extract from : « Lady Susan » by Jane Austen
  • The emperor pulled my ear, as much as to say, 'Well, here is an odd one!'
  • Extract from : « The Boy Life of Napoleon » by Eugenie Foa
  • But then, as you have heard before, Napoleon was an odd boy.
  • Extract from : « The Boy Life of Napoleon » by Eugenie Foa
  • He chose an odd time and place; but that is no matter; I forgive him, and so do you, I dare say.
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth

Antonyms for odd

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