Meaning of “odd” in the English Dictionary

"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.

More examples

  • I had a very odd dream about you last night.
  • I find him really odd - I can't figure him out at all.
  • Doesn't it strike you as rather odd that he never talks about his family?
  • Something in the cupboard smells odd.
  • It's odd that she should think I would want to see her again.

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.

More examples

  • There may be the odd flurry of snow over the hills tonight.
  • I used to do a lot of sport, but now I just play the odd game of tennis.
  • I spent the afternoon pottering around the garden doing a few odd jobs.
  • It was a beautiful day, with just the odd patch of cloud in the sky.
  • Only the odd passing car disturbed the silence.

Idiom(s)

-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.

odd adverb [ not gradable ] (APPROXIMATELY)

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)