odd


odd
odd [äd]
adj.
[ME odde < ON oddi, point of land, triangle, hence (from the third angle) odd number, akin to OE ord, a point < Gmc * uzda- (> Ger ort, place, orig., point) < IE * uds (< base * ud-, up > OUT) + * dho-, var. of * dhē, to place, put > DO1]
1.
a) being one of a pair of which the other is missing [an odd glove]
b) being the one remaining after the others are paired, grouped, taken, etc.
c) being one or more of a set, series, or group separated from the others [a few odd volumes of Dickens]
2. having a remainder of one when divided by two; not even: said of numbers
3. numbered with an odd number [the odd months]
4.
a) in addition to that mentioned in a round number [ten dollars and some odd change]
b) with a relatively small number over that specified: usually in hyphenated compounds [twenty-odd children]
5. not the usual, regular, habitual, accounted for, etc.; occasional; incidental [odd jobs, at odd moments]
6.
a) not usual or ordinary; singular; peculiar; strange
b) queer; eccentric
7. out-of-the-way [in odd corners]
SYN.- STRANGE
oddly
adv.
oddness
n.

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