What does oddly mean?

Definitions for oddly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curiously, oddly, peculiarlyadverb

    in a manner differing from the usual or expected

    "had a curiously husky voice"; "he's behaving rather peculiarly"

  2. queerly, strangely, oddly, funnilyadverb

    in a strange manner

    "a queerly inscribed sheet of paper"


  1. oddlyadverb

    In an odd manner; unevenly.

  2. oddlyadverb

    In a peculiar manner; strangely; queerly; curiously.

  3. oddlyadverb

    In a manner measured by an odd number.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oddlyadverb

    Etymology: from odd.

    How oddly will it sound, that I,
    Must ask my child forgiveness. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    One man is pressed with poverty, and looks somewhat oddly upon it. Jeremy Collier, on the Spleen.

    The dreams of sleeping men are made up of the waking man’s ideas, though for the most part oddly put together. John Locke.

    This child was near being excluded out of the species of man barely by his shape. It is certain a figure a little more oddly turned had cast him, and he had been executed. John Locke.

    The real essence of substances we know not; and therefore are so undetermined in our nominal essences, which we make ourselves, that if several men were to be asked concerning some oddly-shaped fetus, whether it were a man or no? it is past doubt, one should meet with different answers. John Locke.

    Her aukward love indeed was oddly fated;
    She and her Polly were too near related. Matthew Prior.

    As masters in the clare obscure,
    With various light your eyes allure:
    A flaming yellow here they spread;
    Draw off in blue, or charge in red;
    Yet from these colours oddly mix’d,
    Your sight upon the whole is fix’d. Matthew Prior.

    They had seen a great black substance lying on the ground very oddly-shaped. Gulliv. Trav.

    Fossils are very oddly and elegantly shaped, according to the modification of their constituent salts, or the cavities they are formed in. Richard Bentley, Serm.


  1. oddly

    The term "oddly" typically acts as an adverb, describing something that has been done in a strange, unusual, or unexpected way. It refers to situations or behaviors that are not ordinary, not typically seen, or quite peculiar. It can also imply something less usual or out of the ordinary numerically.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oddly in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oddly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of oddly in a Sentence

  1. Kevin McConnell:

    Oddly enough, my first reaction was, 'Really? Puerto Vallarta?'.

  2. Johnny Galecki:

    Early on, Bobby and Jordan Horowitz (another of the film’s producers) bonded over the idea of using practical effects, nobody has anything against CGI as an additive. I think we all see the benefit of digital effects. But I think audiences have missed seeing these puppets, I think they miss seeing the sweat and the fingerprints. We used CGI as a sweetener, very, very subtly, in expressions in the eyes and things of that nature. Otherwise, we had real puppeteers there, whether they were under the table with their hand in the puppet or whether they were within the puppet, as the creatures grow bigger. It was a blast; it was really fun. Oddly, when you spend 12 hours a day with these puppets, they become little personalities. They just feel like fellow castmates, as absurd as that sounds.

  3. Christopher Morley:

    Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective an awareness that some things are really important, others not and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.

  4. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    Because what we found is many of those same Independents turned around and vote — 11% of them voted for Barack Obama in the fall, they were, oddly enough, Obama-Walker voters, which politically makes no sense. Why? Because they were people hungry for leadership. They were frustrated because they felt that Romney hadn't offered a clear plan of what he would do.

  5. Aaron Wise:

    I was super calm. I was more nervous yesterday oddly enough.

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