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"odd" in British English

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oddadjective

uk   /ɒd/  us   /ɑːd/
  • odd adjective (STRANGE)

B2 strange or unexpected: Her father was an odd man. What an odd thing to say. The skirt and jacket looked a little odd together. That's odd - I'm sure I put my keys in this drawer and yet they're not here. It's odd that no one's seen him. It must be odd to go back to your home town after forty years away.

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  • odd adjective (NOT OFTEN)

C2 [before noun] not happening often: She does the odd teaching job but nothing permanent. You get the odd person who's rude to you but they're generally quite helpful.

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  • odd adjective (SEPARATED)

[before noun] (of something that should be in a pair or set) separated from its pair or set: He's got a whole drawer full of odd socks. I'd got a few odd (= I had various) balls of wool left over.

-oddsuffix

uk   / -ɒd/  us   / -ɑːd/ informal
(Definition of odd from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"odd" in American English

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oddadjective

 us   /ɑd/
  • odd adjective (STRANGE)

[-er/-est only] strange or unexpected: an odd person That’s odd – I thought I left my glasses on the table but they’re not here.
  • odd adjective (SEPARATED)

[not gradable] (of something that should be in a pair or set) separated from its pair or set: He’s got a whole drawer full of odd socks.
  • odd adjective (NUMBER)

[not gradable] (of numbers) not able to be divided exactly by 2: Some examples of odd numbers are 1, 3, 5, and 7.

oddadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ɑd/
used after a number, esp. a number that can be divided by 10, to show that the exact number is not known: He holds another 50-odd acres of land in reserve, providing plenty of room for expansion.
(Definition of odd from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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