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odd·i·ty

 (ŏd′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. odd·i·ties
1. One that is odd.
2. The state or quality of being odd; strangeness.

oddity

(ˈɒdɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. an odd person or thing
2. an odd quality or characteristic
3. the condition of being odd

odd•i•ty

(ˈɒd ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. an odd or remarkably unusual person, thing, or event.
2. an odd characteristic or trait; peculiarity.
3. the quality of being odd; strangeness or eccentricity.
[1705–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oddity - eccentricity that is not easily explained
eccentricity - strange and unconventional behavior
2.oddity - a strange attitude or habit
strangeness, unfamiliarity - unusualness as a consequence of not being well known
3.oddity - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
collectable, collectible - things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
collector's item, piece de resistance, showpiece - the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection

oddity

noun
1. misfit, eccentric, crank (informal), nut (slang), maverick, flake (slang, chiefly U.S.), oddball (informal), loose cannon, nonconformist, odd man out, wacko (slang), screwball (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), card (informal), fish out of water, square peg (in a round hole) (informal), odd fish (Brit. informal), odd bird (informal), rara avis, weirdo or weirdie (informal) He's a bit of an oddity, but quite harmless.
2. anomaly, exception, curiosity, abnormality, rarity, departure, deviation His book remains something of an oddity.

oddity

noun
A person who is appealingly odd or curious:
Informal: card, oddball.
Translations
غَرابَه، شَخْص غَريب الأطْوار
særhed
furîufugl; furîuhlutur
antikanın tekituhaf kimse

oddity

[ˈɒdɪtɪ] N
1. (= odd thing) → cosa f rara; (= odd trait) → manía f
he has his odditiestiene sus manías
he's a real oddityes un tipo realmente raro
one of the oddities of the situationuno de los aspectos raros de la situación
2. (= strangeness) → rareza f

oddity

[ˈɒdɪti] n
(= odd thing) → curiosité f
to be an oddity (= out of the ordinary) → être une curiosité
(= odd characteristic) → bizarrerie fodd-job man [ˌɒdˈdʒɒbmæn] nhomme m à tout faireodd jobs npltravaux mpl diversodd-looking [ˈɒdlʊkɪŋ] adj [person, thing] → curieux/euse
They were an odd-looking couple → Ils formaient un couple curieux.

oddity

n
(= strangeness) (of person)Wunderlichkeit f, → Absonderlichkeit f, → Eigenartigkeit f; (= strangeness: of thing) → Ausgefallenheit f
(= odd person)komischer Kauz or Vogel; (who doesn’t fit) → Kuriosität f; (= odd thing)Kuriosität f

oddity

[ˈɒdɪtɪ] n
a. (also oddness) → stranezza, bizzarria
b. (person) → originale m/f

odd

(od) adjective
1. unusual; strange. He's wearing very odd clothes; a very odd young man.
2. (of a number) that cannot be divided exactly by 2. 5 and 7 are odd (numbers).
3. not one of a pair, set etc. an odd shoe.
4. occasional; free. at odd moments.
ˈoddityplural ˈoddities noun
a strange person or thing. He's a bit of an oddity.
ˈoddly adverb
strangely. He is behaving very oddly.
ˈoddment noun
a piece left over from something. an oddment of material.
odds noun plural
1. chances; probability. The odds are that he will win.
2. a difference in strength, in favour of one side. They are fighting against heavy odds.
odd jobs
(usually small) jobs of various kinds, often done for other people. He's unemployed, but earns some money by doing odd jobs for old people.
odd job man
a person employed to do such jobs.
be at odds
to be quarrelling. He has been at odds with his brother for years.
make no odds
to be unimportant. We haven't got much money, but that makes no odds.
oddly enough
it is strange or remarkable (that). I saw John this morning. Oddly enough, I was just thinking I hadn't seen him for a long time.
odd man out / odd one out
1. a person or thing that is different from others. In this test, you have to decide which of these three objects is the odd one out.
2. a person or thing that is left over when teams etc are made up. When they chose the two teams, I was the odd man out.
odds and ends
small objects etc of different kinds. There were various odds and ends lying about on the table.
what's the odds?
it's not important; it doesn't matter. We didn't win the competition but what's the odds?
References in classic literature ?
Above twenty of those clad in this costume were full-grown girls, or rather young women; it suited them ill, and gave an air of oddity even to the prettiest.
Some people trifled with her as a mere oddity, he said; but she was as shrewdly and sharply observant as anyone he knew, and as long-headed as she was short-armed.
These accurate instruments, it believed, could never be displaced by such a scientific oddity as the telephone.
Well, he's an eccentric man - a fair oddity - if ye ken the expression.
Sir Francis Cromarty had observed the oddity of his travelling companion--although the only opportunity he had for studying him had been while he was dealing the cards, and between two rubbers--and questioned himself whether a human heart really beat beneath this cold exterior, and whether Phileas Fogg had any sense of the beauties of nature.
Broussel heard the scream of the young oddity, and, enchanted with this excess of zeal, came down to the first floor, for he was, in truth, working in his room on the second.
So the beautiful woman led the way; and the four maidens (one of them had sea-green hair, another a bodice of oak bark, a third sprinkled a shower of water drops from her fingers' ends, and the fourth had some other oddity, which I have forgotten), all these followed behind, and hurried the guests along, until they entered a magnificent saloon.
Oddity as he was, in outward appearance, the Professor was, in that essential nature which no outward disguise could conceal, a thorough gentleman.
That's the fifth oddity hatched in my ward since noon.
The only oddity one could fix was that his nose, which was otherwise of a good shape, was just slightly turned sideways at the tip; as if, when it was soft, it had been tapped on one side with a toy hammer.
Rodney was evidently so painfully conscious of the oddity of his appearance, and his very redness and the starts to which his body was liable gave such proof of his own discomfort, that there was something endearing in this ridiculous susceptibility, although most people would probably have echoed Denham's private exclamation, "Fancy marrying a creature like that
Dexter of the night by the inveterate oddity of his dress.