- 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 strangest
And one of the strangest odysseys I can imagine is “To Know Him Is To Love Him.”Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
November 17, 2014
But the strangest moment in the show was when Cruise dragged Holmes out to the cheering crowd.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, we rounded up the strangest, most surprising facts about The Lion King.‘The Lion King’ Turns 20: Every Crazy, Weird Fact About the Disney Classic
June 24, 2014
The Senate race was one of the dirtiest, grimiest, strangest campaigns in recent political history.Runoff Required in Mississippi’s Dirtiest Primary
June 4, 2014
Biblical scholars have called this passage among “the strangest,” “most obscure,” and “most difficult” in the Hebrew Bible.The Backstory of ‘Noah’ Is Full of Giants, Horny Angels, and a Grieving God
March 28, 2014
For a woman of her refinement, she had the strangest proclivity for low company!Weighed and Wanting
Then, in that strangest summer in Dorcas's life, time seemed to stand still.Meadow Grass
At length he pushed his plate from him, and spoke aloud; with the strangest inconsistency.Little Dorrit
He crossed the Square with the strangest, jauntiest step ever seen in Plattville.The Gentleman From Indiana
Pierre was feeling very moved, for was not this the strangest of adventures?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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 strangest
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.