Oddments are a random collection of things, especially a mishmash of leftover items. A beautiful quilt can be made from an assortment of oddments, so don't throw away your scraps while sewing!

A miscellaneous assortment of stuff can be called oddments. In a pinch, a chef might toss oddments from the refrigerator into a big pot and make a stew; and an experienced seamstress can transform a pile of fabric oddments into a colorful quilt. The word oddments dates from the late eighteenth century, modeled on "fragments," adding the Latin suffix ments- to the Germanic odd.

Definitions of oddments
  1. noun
    a motley assortment of things
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