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a strange/funny/odd smell
▪ What’s that funny smell?
a strange/peculiar/odd habit
▪ He had a lot of peculiar habits, one of them being to stare at you without blinking.
a terrible/stupid/odd etc thing to say
▪ I know it’s a terrible thing to say, but I wish he’d just go away.
a trifle eccentric/odd/unexpected etc
an odd number (=1, 3, 5, 7 etc)
▪ You can’t work in pairs if you’ve got an odd number of people.
it strikes sb as strange/odd etc that
▪ It struck me as odd that the man didn’t introduce himself before he spoke.
odd assortment
▪ an odd assortment of knives and forks
odd jobs
▪ I’ve got a few odd jobs to do this weekend.
odd socks (=socks that are not a pair)
▪ He was wearing odd socks – one blue one and one black one.
sb's/sth's odd/strange appearance
▪ Children sometimes stared at him because of his odd appearance.
▪ As we looked at each other I had a strange sensation.
▪ The sweets had a rather peculiar taste.
taste funny/odd/strange
▪ These fruit drinks taste a bit funny until you get used to them.
(there is) something different/odd/unusual about sb/sth
▪ There was something rather odd about him.
▪ So this struck me as odd.
▪ Not often shipped out in quantities, specimens are usually acquired as odd fish found in Redline Rasbora collections.
▪ Something struck him as odd about the number of books cited for the new library.
▪ He's as odd as the rest of them really.
▪ Krankoor is as odd a name as Cranko.
▪ Ideas must not be rejected, irrespective of how odd they are.
▪ And I had gone thirty-seven years into my life without realizing how odd the gaps in my knowledge were.
▪ Clibber and Butterworth; how odd that I cans till remember their names.
▪ He seems to mean it. How odd!
▪ But how odd that she couldn't remember!
▪ Paul speaks of suing for it before the praetor fideicommissarius. How odd.
▪ I had become a current affair - how odd!
▪ And how odd that after Downing St., not a single officer could be seen in Whitehall.
▪ Locally, conservation was known about, but it appeared in some rather odd guises.
▪ In light of the research the experts reviewed, their conclusions were rather odd.
▪ But even as it is, you get something rather odd.
▪ That is, after all, a rather odd thing for a scientific hypothesis to do.
▪ It is also rather odd, in that no etymology of it is known.
▪ This is because, despite its great charm, it does look rather odd to most cat-lovers.
▪ The rather odd character of the formula called for considerable ingenuity in the enterprise.
▪ Jessamy was beginning to find it rather odd to be having this day out with her husband.
▪ She said something I found so odd that my vision of the world faintly changed and my despair lessened.
▪ He said it was all so odd.
▪ It would have looked so odd.
▪ Well, it just seems so odd.
▪ It's very kind of you but - but so odd.
▪ It seemed so odd to think that they didn't know.
▪ Clara even grew quite fond of Mrs Hill, and proud of herself for feeling fond of one so odd.
▪ We went up to the ward, by which time he was making very odd, rasping sounds as he breathed.
▪ It was a very odd fin, and why was the creature swimming so slowly?
▪ Emmie felt very odd: a little frightened but chiefly bored and irritated.
▪ It was very odd that tiny Hsu Fu was so much steadier than the big long-range cutter.
▪ I have spent years using buses, and seem to have a knack of sitting next to some very odd people.
▪ The whole story sounded very odd.
▪ I must say again that it is very odd for me to have to describe all this for you.
▪ Anyway, it was a very interesting short weekend and I learnt some very odd things, all about the wonderful Gwendoline.
▪ And a couple of Action Man dolls in uniform, their limbs splayed at odd angles.
▪ Like Los Alamos, it was cradled by mountains and hastily built in order to win a war from an odd angle.
▪ His head, she realised was at an odd angle.
▪ Fun-house reflections: deformations and odd angles.
▪ The streets went off at odd angles.
▪ His feet turned capricious, slipping off at odd angles.
▪ As the building went up, the cross-section changed: the floors became smaller, with more odd angles and corners.
▪ The trees lean at odd angles, like flowers in a vase.
▪ He brought in as ministers an odd assortment of incompetent relations and hangers-on.
▪ Established artists did the odd bit of teaching, sat on jury panels and chaired cultural meetings.
▪ Like most interstates, it was an odd bit of space, a nar-row slot fenced by high trees.
▪ The grey lines patterned the green-brown earth like odd bits of carpet.
▪ My driving licences were still there and the odd bits of paper you always accumulate.
▪ They are the classic odd couple.
▪ The playboy and the puritan made an odd couple, but they could use each other.
▪ They are the hottest odd couple in the presidential campaign.
▪ The odd couple had been together - privately and professionally - for more than 12 years.
▪ A few odd days of film work slotted neatly round that weekend, leaving her no ready excuse apart from cowardice.
▪ On odd days he would work on the novel.
▪ I couldn't even manage the children - friends took them for odd days.
▪ We've been working on the Panch Chule expedition for a year, but it's just the odd day basically.
▪ The Arbuthnots hunted on odd days with the Meath and Tom lived for the sport.
▪ There may be odd days, however, when a problem arises.
▪ I would be inclined to remove the odd fish, though.
▪ Not often shipped out in quantities, specimens are usually acquired as odd fish found in Redline Rasbora collections.
▪ But the major struck him as an odd fish, rather.
▪ After his father died he did a lot of odd jobs, including shining shoes, boxing professionally and preaching.
▪ Never use wicker chairs to stand on for odd jobs around the house.
▪ She kept herself alive working odd jobs until she landed a position managing advertising accounts for a local magazine.
▪ Guys I really have worked for, briefly, doing odd jobs.
▪ Does odd jobs for Domestic Contacts.
▪ Tock the butler and odd job man about the school.
▪ Police say Avanesian got odd jobs, working to rebuild generators and alternators for auto-electrical shops in the area.
▪ He gave me an odd look as if I was telling strange stories.
▪ After her outburst, she now remained silent, darting odd looks of triumph at her betrayer.
▪ We received some odd looks from customers but most smiled and fussed over Spike &038; Molly.
▪ When I came down the proprietor gave me an odd look and said the gentleman was waiting for me outside.
▪ SHe noticed Tammuz flicking odd looks at the girl.
▪ When she married Glyn she would inherit this odd man too in a way.
▪ Unless Spencer is traded, the latter seems to be the odd man out despite showing improvement in the preseason.
▪ At each stage of the story, Britain has been the odd man out.
▪ Joe and Rex could interact with one another, so the real odd man out was Loi.
▪ Why is it always the odd man out?
▪ It seemed there was no response that would cancel altogether my status as odd man out.
▪ Picture some one being treated as an odd man out - in a family, in an office or at a party.
▪ And Joe Bowie remains the odd man out, uncoupled at the end.
▪ Clearly the northern fleet is being reinforced from the southern; but why the odd numbers?
▪ I have no idea why it is always an odd number.
▪ An odd number of classes provides a neutral mid-point.
▪ Three arrangements with eight fences; five with ten fences ... odd numbers ... Was there a pattern?
▪ Erect verticals upon the odd numbers, 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
▪ An individual scorer might be useful where an odd number of people are concerned.
▪ You need to have an odd number of colours, including the background.
▪ Note that the verso always carries the even page number and the recto the odd number.
▪ On the odd occasion the jollities would get out of hand and the fists would fly.
▪ Not on the odd occasion, but each time they took this fit.
▪ However, on the odd occasion that I purchase fish elsewhere, I do quarantine the fish for two weeks.
▪ The 69-year-old man, from Elsdon Street, handed over the cash on odd occasions over the past year.
▪ At first there is the odd sensation of panic, the feel of coming to an alien city.
▪ Sam Fong experienced an odd sensation on seeing some one he had always thought to be his enemy.
▪ Yet when he lowered his arm Meredith had the odd sensation that she'd lost.
▪ So it produces an odd sensation to learn, again from Anna, that this superstition was in fact Dostoevsky's.
▪ Acid did odd things to your mind.
▪ Why would they say such an odd thing?
▪ He notices an odd thing about himself: he looks right.
▪ The odd thing was, Ogea was little better.
▪ She repeated what Rosalind Swain had said about odd things happening in adolescence, about adolescents harbouring poltergeists.
▪ The odd thing was that that house had a leak.
▪ It seems an odd thing to be grateful for.
▪ Acid did odd things to your mind.
▪ At that special level all sorts of odd things happened...
▪ She repeated what Rosalind Swain had said about odd things happening in adolescence, about adolescents harbouring poltergeists.
▪ We followed our directions to the letter, but as we approached our destination, odd things started to occur.
▪ Anyway, it was a very interesting short weekend and I learnt some very odd things, all about the wonderful Gwendoline.
▪ They drive people mad and make them do all sorts of odd things.
▪ Cheryl's been saying some odd things.
▪ Such odd things seemed to be happening.
▪ It is most likely to occur when the bird of prey is behaving in an odd way.
▪ At first speech returns-but in an odd way.
▪ Papa would think that an odd way to describe the Almighty dollar.
▪ In some odd way, I was heartened.
▪ In an odd way, that might have been easier to bear.
▪ She is a jock from a family of jocks, articulate only in that special, odd way that coaches are articulate.
▪ Surprise and a strange excitement; in some odd way, the incident seemed to mark a life-change.
▪ The raft looked tiny, vulnerable, but in an odd way, very seaworthy.
▪ There had been no sound in those days of course, twenty odd years ago now.
▪ In even-numbered years, I think, we need more and in odd years less.
▪ What he did would have looked classy even in today's harder, faster game of thirty odd years later.
▪ We've done it since the oldest was five, so why stop it now, a mere 20 odd years later?
odd bod
odd fish/queer fish
smell wrong/fishy/odd etc
▪ And then you go out with some other woman and she smells wrong.
▪ So, in short, if a fish smells fishy it is an indication that it is going off.
▪ The Adkinsons' neighbors smelled wrong in the air, but pinched their noses closed and kept to themselves.
▪ Why does fish usually smell fishy?
▪ an odd combination
▪ an odd sock
▪ Reynolds was an odd choice to host the show.
▪ Timber? That's kind of an odd name for a kid.
▪ Apparently the odd arrangement was uninteresting to a teenager.
▪ He was the odd one out in a gifted family.
▪ I started out as a gofer, running errands for him and doing odd little jobs.
▪ One carried his dark jacket in an odd kind of bundle under one arm.
▪ She looked more odd than ever and her movements were beginning to stiffen.
▪ Spurred by some odd impulse, he threw the trowel as far as he could.
▪ There was an odd kind of silence.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Odd \Odd\ ([o^]d), a. [Compar. Odder ([o^]d"[~e]r); superl. Oddest.] [OE. odde, fr. Icel. oddi a tongue of land, a triangle, an odd number (from the third or odd angle, or point, of a triangle), orig., a point, tip; akin to Icel. oddr point, point of a weapon, Sw. udda odd, udd point, Dan. od, AS. ord, OHG. ort, G. ort place (cf. E. point, for change of meaning).]

  1. Not paired with another, or remaining over after a pairing; without a mate; unmatched; single; as, an odd shoe; an odd glove.

  2. Not divisible by 2 without a remainder; not capable of being evenly paired, one unit with another; as, 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, etc., are odd numbers.

    I hope good luck lies in odd numbers.

  3. Left over after a definite round number has been taken or mentioned; indefinitely, but not greatly, exceeding a specified number; extra.

    Sixteen hundred and odd years after the earth was made, it was destroyed in a deluge.
    --T. Burnet.

    There are yet missing of your company Some few odd lads that you remember not.

  4. Remaining over; unconnected; detached; fragmentary; hence, occasional; inconsiderable; as, odd jobs; odd minutes; odd trifles.

  5. Different from what is usual or common; unusual; singular; peculiar; unique; strange. ``An odd action.''
    --Shak. ``An odd expression.''

    Syn: extraordinary; queer.

    The odd man, to perform all things perfectly, is, in my poor opinion, Joannes Sturmius.

    Patients have sometimes coveted odd things.

    Locke's Essay would be a very odd book for a man to make himself master of, who would get a reputation by critical writings.

    Syn: Quaint; unmatched; singular; unusual; extraordinary; strange; queer; eccentric; whimsical; fantastical; droll; comical. See Quaint.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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" (cognates: 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- (cognates: 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.\n

\nSense 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.


a. 1 (context not comparable English) single; sole; singular; not having a mate. 2 (context obsolete English) singular in excellence; unique; sole; matchless; peerless; famous. 3 Singular in looks or character; peculiar; eccentric. 4 strange, unusual.

  1. adj. not divisible by two [ant: even]

  2. not easily explained; "it is odd that his name is never mentioned"

  3. an indefinite quantity more than that specified; "invited 30-odd guests"

  4. beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior" [syn: curious, funny, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular]

  5. of the remaining member of a pair, of socks e.g. [syn: unmatched, unmated, unpaired]

  6. not used up; "leftover meatloaf"; "she had a little money left over so she went to a movie"; "some odd dollars left"; "saved the remaining sandwiches for supper"; "unexpended provisions" [syn: leftover, left over(p), left(p), remaining, unexpended]

Odd (name)

Odd, a name of Old Norse origin (Oddr), the 11th most common male name in Norway. It is rarely used in other countries, though sometimes appearing in other Nordic countries. In old Norse the word means sharp end of an arrow or edge of blade.

Oddur is an Icelandic and Faroese form of the name.

As a curiosity, note that Even is also a common male name in Norway.


Odd means unpaired, occasional, strange or unusual, or a person who is viewed as eccentric.

Odd may also refer to:

In mathematics, the term is used in several senses related to even:

  • even and odd numbers, an integer is odd if dividing by two does not yield an integer
  • even and odd functions, a function is odd if f(-x) = –f(x) for all x
  • even and odd permutations, a permutation of a finite set is odd if it is composed of an odd number of transpositions

Other uses:

  • Odd (name), a male name common in Norway
  • Odd, West Virginia, USA, an unincorporated community
  • Odd Grenland, a Norwegian football team
  • HNoMS Odd, a Storm-class patrol boat of the Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Odd Della Robbia, a character in the animated television series Code Lyoko
  • Odd Thomas (character), a character in a series of novels by Dean Koontz
  • Odd, a science fiction short story by John Wyndham in the collection The Seeds of Time

ODD as an acronym may refer to:

  • Optical disc drive
  • ODD (fanzine), a Hugo-nominated science fiction fanzine
  • ODD (Text Encoding Initiative), "One Document Does it all", an abstracted literate-programming format for describing XML schemas
  • Oppositional defiant disorder, a mental disorder characterized by anger-guided, hostile behavior
  • ODD, a play by Hal Corley about a teenager with oppositional defiant disorder
  • Operational Due Diligence
Odd (Shinee album)

Odd is the fourth Korean studio album (seventh overall) by South Korean boy band Shinee. It was released digitally and physically on May 18, 2015 under S.M. Entertainment and distributed by KT Music. The album contains 11 songs, including the title track "View". The music video for the title track was filmed in Thailand. The repackaged album, Married to the Music, was released on the August 3, 2015 with 4 additional songs.

The album received favorable reviews from music critics, who praised Shinee's experimenting and playing sound which results in a "fresh and evolved album" as well as the groups return to their known R&B side. The album was commercially successful in South Korea—the title track topped the Gaon Digital Chart, while the album charted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart. The album was commercially successful in South Korea the album sold over 165,000 copies during the first month of release. It also sold over 2,000 copies in the US.

Usage examples of "odd".

American, from his accent, and Eurasian by the odd combination of slanted eyes that were a bright bottle green color.

Sheridan had struck up an acquaintanceship with the actor-murderer Giles, a slightly bizarre eventuality which might have odd consequences.

Battle of North India, in which the entire Anglo-Indian aeronautic settlement establishment fought for three days against overwhelming odds, and was dispersed and destroyed in detail.

Pakistan has been producing and testing, on an experimental basis, a wide range of odd drugs, both amphetamines and narcotics, in pill, liquid, and aerosol form.

In a glass cabinet nearby was an odd black stone, of irregular outline, small enough to lift, but large enough to brain an afrit nicely.

The Diving Officer and bowplanesman were struggling to maintain depth control in spite of the odd effects of their rooster-tail wake aft and the shallow-bottom venturi force amidships.

Josef was heading when he killed him, but the odds were it was Agios Georgios .

I looked back, saw an odd shadow, and was about to say something when Alake pounced on me.

Just then, she remembered the spectacle she had witnessed in a chamber of Udolpho, and, by an odd kind of coincidence, the alarming words, that had accidentally met her eye in the MS.

In spite of the odd hours they kept, Alec found it difficult not to break the habit of rising with the sun.

Grand Dame Alpha, an odd look on her face as she watched Keeli struggle to sit up.

The odds were slightly more in favor of mummified alumnae staggering out of the ritual closet than of police thundering down the stairs, but there was little else to do.

Shapes loomed out of the overcast shadows at Ana, and there was an odd smell in the room.

The anchorite had shown Cale several alphabets, including the odd letters she had said were Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, and Cyrillic, as well as the Asian ideographic systems, but nothing in any of her books had even vaguely resembled these figures.

That seemed odd, since the Anointed himself was so grotesquely fat that the effort of hauling his own weight around left him with little strength for anything else.