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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [od-i-tee]
    • /ˈɒd ɪ ti/
    • /ˈɒd.ɪ.ti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [od-i-tee]
    • /ˈɒd ɪ ti/

Definitions of oddity word

  • noun plural oddity an odd or remarkably unusual person, thing, or event. 1
  • noun plural oddity the quality of being odd; singularity, strangeness, or eccentricity. 1
  • noun plural oddity an odd characteristic or trait; peculiarity. 1
  • noun oddity A strange or peculiar person, thing, or trait. 1
  • noun oddity sth strange or unusual 1
  • noun oddity object: curiosity 1

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Origin of oddity

First appearance:

before 1705
One of the 50% oldest English words
First recorded in 1705-15; odd + -ity

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Parts of speech for Oddity


oddity popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

oddity usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for oddity

noun oddity

  • peculiarity — a trait, manner, characteristic, or habit that is odd or unusual.
  • quirk — a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism: He is full of strange quirks.
  • foible — a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect: an all-too-human foible.
  • idiosyncrasy — A mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
  • eccentricity — an oddity or peculiarity, as of conduct: an interesting man, known for his eccentricities.

Antonyms for oddity

noun oddity

  • normality — conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural.
  • regularity — usual; normal; customary: to put something in its regular place.
  • as usual — You use as usual to indicate that you are describing something that normally happens or that is normally the case.
  • commonality — Commonality is used to refer to a feature or purpose that is shared by two or more people or things.
  • normalcy — the quality or condition of being normal, as the general economic, political, and social conditions of a nation; normality: After months of living in a state of tension, all yearned for a return to normalcy.

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