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Word Odd Man

The problems on word odd man normally contain four words. Out of these four words, three words are alike in a certain way and hence form a group. One word does not belong to this group. We are required to identify the word which is different from others. For solving problems on word odd man, the meaning of the words and the nature of the objects/qualities they describe are the criteria. We should analyse and identify the manner in which three of the given four words resemble each other. This helps us pick out the odd man.


  1. Copper
  2. Mercury
  3. Iron
  4. Zink
All the four words represent metals.
Mercury is a liquid metal, whereas all the other three are solid metals.
So, ‘Mercury’ is an odd man.
Answer: (2)

  1. Diabetes
  2. Smallpox
  3. Chicken pox
  4. Plague
Except diabetes all other diseases are infectious diseases.
Answer: (1)

  1. Picture
  2. Sketch
  3. Drawing
  4. Paint
Picture, sketch and drawings are all artworks.
Paint is the object which is used for making these artworks.
Hence, it is different from others.
Answer: (4)

  1. Kitten
  2. Goat
  3. Calf
  4. Lamb
Kitten is a young cat. Calf is a young cow.
Lamb is a young sheep.
So, all these words refer to young animals.
But the word ‘Goat’ does not refer to a young animal.
Answer: (2)

  1. Boy
  2. Girl
  3. Lady
  4. Child
All the words except ‘Child’ specify the gender of the person they are referring to.
But child can be either male or female.
Answer: (4)
  1. Green
  2. Yellow
  3. Grey
  4. Red
All the four words represent colours.
If we closely analyse, Green, Yellow and Red are the different colours of rainbow.
But grey is not present in rainbow.
Answer: (3)
  1. Shirt
  2. Trouser
  3. Skirt
  4. Clothes
Shirt, Trouser and Skirt are different form of dresses.
Clothes is a general term and it does not specify the type of dress.
Answer: (4)
  1. Rose
  2. Lotus
  3. Jasmine
  4. Hibiscus
All other flowers except Lotus are grown on land, but Lotus is grown in water.
Answer: (2)
  1. Jowar
  2. Paddy
  3. Wheat
  4. Sesame
Except Sesame, all others are grains.
Sesame is an oilseed.
Answer: (4)

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