od, odd

The words od, odd sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do od, odd sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: od, odd are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun


  2. :: noun

    An alleged force or natural power, supposed, by Reichenbach and others, to produce the phenomena of mesmerism, and to be developed by various agencies, as by magnets, heat, light, chemical or vital action, etc.; — also called odyle or the odylic force.

  1. :: adjective

    Deviating from what is ordinary, usual, or expected; strange or peculiar: an odd name; odd behavior. See Synonyms at strange.

  2. :: adjective

    Being in excess of the indicated or approximate number, extent, or degree. Often used in combination: invited 30-odd guests.

  3. :: adjective

    Constituting a remainder: had some odd dollars left over.

  4. :: adjective

    Small in amount: jingled the odd change in my pockets.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").