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adjective, strang·er, strang·est.
  1. unusual, extraordinary, or curious; odd; queer: a strange remark to make.
  2. estranged, alienated, etc., as a result of being out of one's natural environment: I felt strange as I walked through the crowded marketplace.
  3. situated, belonging, or coming from outside of one's own locality; foreign: to move to a strange place; strange religions.
  4. outside of one's previous experience; hitherto unknown; unfamiliar: strange faces; strange customs.
  5. unaccustomed to or inexperienced in; unacquainted (usually followed by to): I'm strange to this part of the job.
  6. distant or reserved; shy.
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  1. in a strange manner.
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Origin of strange

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French estrange < Latin extrāneus; see extraneous
Related formsstrange·ly, adverbun·strange, adjectiveun·strange·ly, adverbun·strange·ness, noun

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1. bizarre, singular, abnormal, anomalous. Strange, peculiar, odd, queer refer to that which is out of the ordinary. Strange implies that the thing or its cause is unknown or unexplained; it is unfamiliar and unusual: a strange expression. That which is peculiar mystifies, or exhibits qualities not shared by others: peculiar behavior. That which is odd is irregular or unconventional, and sometimes approaches the bizarre: an odd custom. Queer sometimes adds to odd the suggestion of something abnormal and eccentric: queer in the head. 6. aloof.

Antonyms for strange

4–6. familiar.
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Related Words for strange

funny, unusual, rare, remarkable, fantastic, different, outlandish, peculiar, astonishing, extraordinary, wonderful, offbeat, new, curious, weird, odd, bizarre, alien, unfamiliar, romantic

Examples from the Web for strange

Contemporary Examples of strange

Historical Examples of strange

  • Suddenly his countenance shone with a strange and impressive beauty.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Others thought this strange, but there was nothing strange about it to her.

  • Strange, by what slender threads our lives are knitted to each other!


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Would he be strong or weak; and what would be weakness, and what strength, in a position so strange?


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The steps suggested to meet this impending calamity were strange enough.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

British Dictionary definitions for strange


  1. odd, unusual, or extraordinary in appearance, effect, manner, etc; peculiar
  2. not known, seen, or experienced before; unfamiliara strange land
  3. not easily explaineda strange phenomenon
  4. (usually foll by to) inexperienced (in) or unaccustomed (to)strange to a task
  5. not of one's own kind, locality, etc; alien; foreign
  6. shy; distant; reserved
  7. strange to say it is unusual or surprising that
  8. physics
    1. denoting a particular flavour of quark
    2. denoting or relating to a hypothetical form of matter composed of such quarksstrange matter; a strange star
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  1. not standard in a strange manner
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Derived Formsstrangely, adverb

Word Origin for strange

C13: from Old French estrange, from Latin extrāneus foreign; see extraneous
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Word Origin and History for strange


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.

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