Peculiarity vs Odd - What's the difference?

peculiarity | odd |

As a noun peculiarity

is the quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity.

As an initialism odd is

oppositional defiant disorder.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • The quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity.
  • That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity.
  • * 1853 , , Villette , Chapter 4:
  • I had often heard of Miss Marchmont, and of her peculiarities (she had the character of being very eccentric), but till now had never seen her.
  • Exclusive possession or right.
  • odd



  • (not comparable) Single; sole; singular; not having a mate.
  • (obsolete) Singular in excellence; unique; sole; matchless; peerless; famous.
  • Singular in looks or character; peculiar; eccentric.
  • Strange, unusual.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.}}
  • (not comparable) Occasional; infrequent.
  • * (Sir Walter Scott), Guy Mannering – or The Astrologer
  • I assure you, if I were Hazlewood I should look on his compliments, his bowings, his cloakings, his shawlings, and his handings with some little suspicion; and truly I think Hazlewood does so too at some odd times.
  • (not comparable) Left over, remaining when the rest have been grouped.
  • (not comparable) Casual, irregular, not planned.
  • (not comparable, in combination with a number, not comparable) About, approximately.
  • (not comparable) Not divisible by two; not even.
  • Synonyms

    * (not having a mate) single, mismatched * (strange) bizarre, peculiar, queer, rum, strange, unusual, weird, fremd * (about) about, approximately, around * See also


    * (not divisible by two) even

    Derived terms

    * oddball * odd duck * odd one out * odds


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