W3S1 [ɔd US a:d] adj comparative odder superlative oddest
2 the odd occasion/day/moment/drink etc
4¦(not in a pair/set)¦
5 odd number
6 20-odd/30-odd etc
7 the odd man/one out
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old Norse; Origin: oddi 'point of land, triangle, odd number']
1.) ¦(STRANGE)¦
different from what is normal or expected, especially in a way that you disapprove of or cannot understand
It was an odd thing to say.
an odd way to behave
They're an odd couple.
There was something odd about him.
What she did was unforgivable, but the odd thing was he didn't seem to mind.
She was holding an extremely odd-looking weapon.
it is/seems odd (that)
It seemed odd that he wanted a picture of me.
see usage noteunusual
2.) the odd occasion/day/moment/drink etc
especially BrE a few occasions, days etc that happen at various times but not often and not regularly
Lack of sleep doesn't matter on the odd occasion.
I take the odd day off work.
I like the odd glass of wine with my dinner.
Jo smokes the odd cigarette.
3.) ¦(VARIOUS)¦ [only before noun]
not specially chosen or collected
Any odd scrap of paper will do.
4.) ¦(NOT IN A PAIR/SET)¦ [only before noun]
separated from a pair or set
an odd shoe
odd socks/gloves etc
(=not a matching pair of socks etc)
He was wearing odd socks.
5.) odd number
a number that cannot be divided exactly by two, for example 1, 3, 5, 7 etc
even number
6.) 20-odd/30-odd etc
spoken a little more than 20 etc
I have another 20-odd years to work before I retire.
7.) the odd man/one out
BrE someone or something that is different from the rest of the group or not included in it
Which shape is the odd one out?
I was always the odd one out at school.
>oddness n [U]

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