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Meaning of ODDS

Pronunciation:  âdz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the probability of a specified outcome
  2. [n]  the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another; "he offered odds of two to one"

ODDS is a 4 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: betting odds, likelihood, likeliness
 Antonyms: unlikelihood, unlikeliness
 See Also: probability, ratio



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Odds\ ([o^]dz), n. sing. & pl. [See {Odd}, a.]
1. Difference in favor of one and against another; excess of
   one of two things or numbers over the other; inequality;
   advantage; superiority; hence, excess of chances;
   probability. ``Pre["e]minent by so much odds.'' --Milton.
   ``The fearful odds of that unequal fray.'' --Trench.

         The odds Is that we scarce are men and you are gods.

         There appeared, at least, four to one odds against
         them.                                 --Swift.

         All the odds between them has been the different
         scope . . . given to their understandings to range
         in.                                   --Locke.

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

2. Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phrase
   at odds.

         Set them into confounding odds.       --Shak.

         I can not speak Any beginning to this peevish odds.

{At odds}, in dispute; at variance. ``These squires at odds
   did fall.'' --Spenser. ``He flashes into one gross crime
   or other, that sets us all at odds.'' --Shak.

{It is odds}, it is probable. [Obs.]

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