Odd Number

Pronunciation: /ɒd ˈnʌm.bər/ Explain

An integer is odd if it is not evenly divisible by 2.[2] Expressed mathematically, odd integers are in the form 2k + 1 where k is an integer. In set notation, odd integers are { x | x = 2k + 1, k ∈ ℤ}, { …, -3, -1, 1, 3, 5, … }

Properties of odd numbers

  • The sum of two odd numbers is an even number.[3]
  • The sum of two consecutive numbers is always odd.[3]
  • The sum of an even and an odd number is always odd.[3]


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, odd number. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 129. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
  2. odd. merriam-webster.com. Encyclopedia Britannica. Merriam-Webster. Last Accessed 9/5/2018. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odd. Buy the book
  3. Antonella Cupillari. The Nuts and Bolts of Proofs, Third Edition: An Introduction to Mathematical Proofs. 3rd edition. pg 12. Academic Press. June 3, 2005. Last Accessed 9/5/2018. Buy the book

More Information

  • McAdams, David E.. Even Number. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 3/12/2009. https://www.allmathwords.org/en/e/evennumber.html.

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