noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: circa 1520 1. a. archaic inequalities b. obsolete degree of unlikeness 2. a. an amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another <
won the election by considerable odds
b. (1) a difference favoring one of two opposed things <
overwhelming odds
(2) a difference in terms of advantage or disadvantage <
what's the odds, if thinking so makes them happy — Flora Thompson
c. (1) the probability that one thing is so or will happen rather than another ; chances <
the odds are against it
(2) the ratio of the probability of one event to that of an alternative event 3. disagreement, variance — usually used with at <
faculty and administration often are at odds on everything — W. E. Brock b1930
4. a. special favor ; partiality b. an allowance granted by one making a bet to one accepting the bet and designed to equalize the chances favoring one of the bettors c. the ratio between the amount to be paid off for a winning bet and the amount of the bet

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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