odd : Common Errors in English

About odd

Expressions like “twenty-odd years,” “a dozen-odd people,” and “two hundred-odd mistakes” are usually written with a hyphen before the “odd” to indicate that the exact number is unknown—perhaps a bit higher than the stated number. If you omit the hyphen, as in “a dozen odd people attended my birthday party,” you risk giving the impression that the people who came were odd rather than that you can’t be sure of the precise number of your guests.

odd Meaning(s)

  • (a) not divisible by two
  • (s) not easily explained
  • (s) an indefinite quantity more than that specified
  • (s) beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
  • (s) of the remaining member of a pair, of socks e.g.
  • (s) not used up

odd in News

  1. Another Odd Future Member Addresses J-Kwon's Diss

    Odd Future's Taco is the latest group member to come forward after being targeted in a new diss record courtesy of Midwest rapper J-Kwon. [Visit SOHH.com for more information]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: SOHH.com

  2. Odd Wisconsin: Animals anticipated deadly tornado

    Animals' odd behavior was one of the few things to let residents know a tornado was coming.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Wisconsin State Journal

  3. Oarfish: Odd, Giant Sea Creature Caught On Video

    Oarfish are pretty odd looking creatures; if you were to brush up against one while swimming in the ocean, it might make you think twice about going in the water for a while. But scientists say they are fascinating deep-sea …
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WebProNews

Lightning fast vocabulary building for SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT and CAT