odd man out

odd man out
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [od man out]
    • /ɒd mæn aʊt/
    • /ɒd mæn ˈaʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [od man out]
    • /ɒd mæn aʊt/

Definitions of odd man out words

  • noun odd man out a method of selecting or eliminating a person from a group, as by matching coins, especially in preparation for playing a game. 1
  • noun odd man out the person so selected or eliminated. 1
  • noun odd man out a game consisting of this method. 1
  • noun odd man out outsider (def 2). 1
  • noun odd man out sb or sth that does not belong 1
  • noun odd man out a person or thing excluded from others forming a group, unit, etc 0

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Origin of odd man out

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
First recorded in 1885-90

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Parts of speech for Odd man out


odd man out popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

odd man out usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for odd man out

noun odd man out

  • lone hand — Cards. a person who holds a hand so strong that he or she can play a deal without the hand of his or her partner. the hand played by such a person.
  • misfit — something that fits badly, as a garment that is too large or too small.
  • independent — not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.
  • oddball — a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming, especially one having beliefs that are unusual but harmless.
  • offbeat — differing from the usual or expected; unconventional: an offbeat comedian.

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