Definition of oddity in English:

oddity

nounoddities

  • 1A strange or peculiar person or thing.

    ‘she was regarded as a bit of an oddity’
    • ‘Margret stared in wonder, her town had nothing like the strange creatures and oddities for sale that were here.’
    • ‘The book is filled with astonishing performances, with strange and delightful oddities.’
    • ‘Of course that doesn't compensate for oddities in the original recordings.’
    • ‘He had his oddities and eccentricities, but murder wasn't one of them.’
    • ‘All field huts are very welcome oddities in this environment.’
    • ‘The book reveals its oddities and back-story in tiny sips, interspersed masterfully through the fast-paced action.’
    • ‘Lauder warns against stereotyping racists as uneducated oddities.’
    • ‘Throughout the last three years of my education, I have come to realise just how many oddities Biology students share.’
    • ‘For the longest time, most of the searches finding this blog were for the terms human oddities or human mishaps.’
    • ‘Getting close enables you to begin to understand these oddities of nature.’
    • ‘The small oddities encountered en route were also interesting enough for the camera and the cameraman.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean the oddities are any easier to swallow but eventually you'll get it down once you're a little used to it.’
    • ‘The people searching for pictures of human oddities are just sick, I tell you.’
    • ‘Occasional harmonic oddities are scattered throughout the arrangements.’
    • ‘But the stark, dystopian science-fiction tale has become a cult oddity if not a classic.’
    • ‘I hope no one is too disappointed there are no actual photos of human oddities.’
    • ‘European astronomers have discovered a true space oddity: a quasar without a detectable home galaxy.’
    • ‘Monumental success meant the desire to turn Powers and his gang of cinematic oddities into that aforementioned franchise.’
    • ‘Then we have the historical oddities: the very old, the very weird, the very unlikely.’
    • ‘Written with charm and humour, this is a touching, absorbing oddity of a book about love, grief, avarice and generosity.’
    eccentric, crank, misfit, fish out of water, square peg in a round hole, round peg in a square hole, maverick, nonconformist, original, rare bird
    peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, quirk, irregularity, twist, kink, crotchet, mannerism
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    1. 1.1mass noun The quality of being strange or peculiar.
      ‘realizing the oddity of the remark, he retracted it’
      • ‘The highlanders, with their visible poverty and audible oddity of speech, met with a mixed reception and often sent home unfavourable reports.’
      • ‘As they went out of the room, Lyenda voiced out one oddity of the palace.’
      • ‘The oddity of these locutions indicates how far from the mark are the analyses of ‘know’ from which they derive.’
      • ‘The sheer oddity of this fabulous little book may explain why Boyd's writing is not more widely celebrated in Australia, and why it ought to be.’
      • ‘One oddity of the generic preference polls is how volatile they are.’
      • ‘The oddity of the practice is enhanced when I'm home alone.’
      • ‘One oddity of this 1971 show is that Jesus is not the ‘star’ of his own show.’
      • ‘One oddity of the place is that they don't do much in the way of fish and chips.’
      • ‘I can imagine that this play would have been the hardest to direct due to the sheer oddity of it all.’
      • ‘McBurney captures precisely the lonely oddity of individual lives that characterises Murakami's work.’
      • ‘The oddity of what he wore and what he was doing suited him.’
      • ‘The oddity of my catapulting into music made the subsequent speed of acquiring musical knowledge just as strange.’
      • ‘The oddity of Saintsbury's view may be easily seen in particular instances.’
      • ‘One oddity of the new system is the windfall it will bring unionized employers.’
      • ‘The oddity of this elaborate metaphor involving verse and human feet should not go unnoticed.’
      • ‘What Lenkiewicz brings to the party is an eye for the ramshackle oddity of family life.’
      • ‘As she walked through the corridors, she noticed another oddity about the sub.’
      • ‘Callum nodded, he had noticed this oddity, but blamed it on a mistake.’
      • ‘Thomas Pryor noted this oddity after observing one of the panel discussions in Hollywood.’
      • ‘Some commentators have noted an oddity in Durkheim's writings.’
      strangeness, peculiarity, oddness, curiousness, weirdness, bizarreness, abnormality, unusualness, eccentricity, queerness, freakishness, unnaturalness, incongruity, incongruousness, outlandishness, extraordinariness, unconventionality, singularity, individuality, anomalousness
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Pronunciation

oddity

/ˈɒdɪti/