- unusual, extraordinary, or curious; odd; queer: a strange remark to make.
- estranged, alienated, etc., as a result of being out of one's natural environment: I felt strange as I walked through the crowded marketplace.
- situated, belonging, or coming from outside of one's own locality; foreign: to move to a strange place; strange religions.
- outside of one's previous experience; hitherto unknown; unfamiliar: strange faces; strange customs.
- unaccustomed to or inexperienced in; unacquainted (usually followed by to): I'm strange to this part of the job.
- distant or reserved; shy.
- in a strange manner.
Origin of strange
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Examples from the Web for strangely
What follows is hysterical, painful, weird, and strangely touching—a true Festivus for the rest of us.The Top 10 Nontraditional Christmas TV Episodes
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Strangely, the Coexist sticker itself illustrates this whole point rather nicely.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
It was a strangely shaped block, due to the area once being underwater, and he took it home with him to examine closer.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
Few got to it: Ogbu died soon after it was released, and the original edition was strangely expensive.No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked
September 4, 2014
But Obama has been strangely reluctant to go all in against ISIS.Obama’s War in Iraq Marks the Return of the Global War on Terror
August 18, 2014
Of course, that was to be said, but strangely enough he meant it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And yet the idea cleaves to me strangely, and is liable to stick to my shroud.
He felt also strangely afraid of the child, he could not have told why.Weighed and Wanting
Why does he fling himself from his horse and stare so strangely about him?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
When, at last, he spoke, his voice was a rumble of strangely shy pleasure.Within the Law
- odd, unusual, or extraordinary in appearance, effect, manner, etc; peculiar
- not known, seen, or experienced before; unfamiliara strange land
- not easily explaineda strange phenomenon
- (usually foll by to) inexperienced (in) or unaccustomed (to)strange to a task
- not of one's own kind, locality, etc; alien; foreign
- shy; distant; reserved
- strange to say it is unusual or surprising that
- denoting a particular flavour of quark
- denoting or relating to a hypothetical form of matter composed of such quarksstrange matter; a strange star
- not standard in a strange manner
Word Origin and History for strangely
late 13c., "from elsewhere, foreign, unknown, unfamiliar," from Old French estrange (French étrange) "foreign, alien," from Latin extraneus "foreign, external," from extra "outside of" (see extra). Sense of "queer, surprising" is attested from late 14c. Stranger, attested from late 14c., never picked up the secondary sense of the adjective. As a form of address to an unknown person, it is recorded from 1817, American English rural colloquial. Meaning "one who has stopped visiting" is recorded from 1520s.