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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oddsnoun

    the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring

  2. odds, betting oddsnoun

    the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another

    "he offered odds of two to one"


  1. oddsnoun

    The ratio of the probabilities of an event happening to that of it not happening.

    I'd say the odds are strongly in favor of the sun rising tomorrow morning.

  2. oddsnoun

    The ratio of winnings to stake in betting situations.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oddsnoun

    Etymology: from odd

    Between these two cases there are great odds. Richard Hooker.

    The case is yet not like, but there appeareth great odds between them. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    I will lay the odds that ere this year expire,
    We bear our civil swords and native fire,
    As far as France. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Cromwel, with odds of number and of fate,
    Remov’d this bulwark of the church and state. Edmund Waller.

    I chiefly who enjoy
    So far the happier lot, enjoying thee
    Pre-eminent by so much odds. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Shall I give him to partake
    Full happiness with me? or rather not;
    But keep the odds of knowledge in my pow’r
    Without co-partner? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    All these, thus unequally furnished with truth, and advanced in knowledge, I suppose of equal natural parts; all the odds between them has been the different scope that has been given to their understandings to range in. John Locke.

    Judging is balancing an account, and determining on which side the odds lie. John Locke.

    Since every man by nature is very prone to think the best of himself, and of his own condition; it is odds but he will find a shrewd temptation. Robert South, Serm.

    The presbyterian party endeavoured one day to introduce a debate about repealing the test clause, when there appeared at least four to one odds against them. Jonathan Swift.

    Some bishop bestows upon them some inconsiderable benefice, when ’tis odds they are already encumbered with a numerous family. Jonathan Swift, Miscell.

    And tho’ the sword, some understood,
    In force had much the odds of wood,
    ’Twas nothing so; both sides were balanc’d
    So equal, none knew which was valiant’st. Hudibras.

    I can’t speak
    Any beginning to this peevish odds. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    What is the night?
    Almost at odds with the morning, which is which. William Shakespeare.

    He flashes into one gross crime or other,
    That sets us all at odds. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,
    Were still at odds, being but three;
    Until the goose came out of door,
    And staid the odds by adding four. William Shakespeare, L. Lab. Lost.

    Gods of whatsoe’er degree,
    Resume not what themselves have given,
    Or any brother God in heav’n;
    Which keeps the peace among the Gods,
    Or they must always be at odds. Jonathan Swift, Miscell.


  1. Odds

    The odds in favor of an event or a proposition is defined by the ratio of the probability that the event will happen to the probability that it will not happen. For example, the odds that a randomly chosen day of the week is a Sunday are one to six, which is sometimes written 1 : 6.; see section 1.5 of Gelman et al.. 'Odds' are an expression of relative probabilities. Often 'odds' are quoted as odds against, rather than as odds in favor. For example, the probability that a random day is a Sunday is one-seventh, hence the odds that a random day is a Sunday are 1 : 6. The odds against a random day being a Sunday are 6 : 1. The first figure represents the number of ways of failing to achieve the outcome and the second figure is the number of ways of achieving a favorable outcome. In probability theory and Bayesian statistics, odds may sometimes be more natural or more convenient than probabilities. This is often the case in problems of sequential decision making as for instance in problems of how to stop on a last specific event which is solved by the odds algorithm. Stating "odds against" is a convenient way to propose a bet. When a bookmaker offers betting odds of 6 : 1 against some event occurring, it means that he is prepared to pay out a prize of six times the stake, and return the stake as well, to anyone who places a bet, by making the stake, that the event will occur. If the event does not occur, then the bookmaker keeps the stake. For example, a winning bet of 10 at 6 : 1 against will win '6 × 10 = 60' with the original 10 stake also being returned. Betting odds are skewed to ensure that the bookmaker makes a profit — if true odds were offered the bookmaker would break even in the long run — so the numbers do not represent the bookmaker's true odds.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'ODDS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4334

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    Rank popularity for the word 'ODDS' in Nouns Frequency: #2275

Anagrams for ODDS »

  1. DDOS, DDoS

  2. DDOS

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ODDS in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ODDS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ODDS in a Sentence

  1. Michael Phelps:

    We were able to add some help with the monofin, and being able to have a wetsuit gave a little bit of help towards me, i think the odds are pretty stacked in the shark’s favor, but you guys will have to wait and see, to see what happens.

  2. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag:

    We do not have a united policy with the United States on the YPG issue, and Turkey's stance has not changed. We are also against the unconditional support for the (Syrian) regime and we are at odds with Iran and Russia on this.

  3. Katie Hobbs:

    The other side isn't offering policies to make our lives better. They're offering conspiracies that only make our lives worse. We did our job. They refuse to do theirs. … That's why I'm running for governor, in 2020, against all odds, in the middle of a pandemic, we proved that democracy works. It's been my job and life's work to make government work for the people of Arizona.

  4. Paul Volcker:

    What is critical is that simplification not undermine the core principle at stake — that taxpayer-supported banking groups, of any size, not participate in proprietary trading at odds with the basic public and customers' interests.

  5. Former Prime Minister Theresa May:

    I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high. But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort.

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    a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed
    • A. value
    • B. rateables
    • C. guts
    • D. bash

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