- 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 strange
In front of this strange structure are two blank-faced, well-dressed models showing off the latest in European minimalism.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
In another year, stories about the strange new face of an A-list actress might draw chortles and cackles.Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It
December 29, 2014
Like, OK, to be around them when we were away from work is great, but being at work was still kind of strange for me.
But, strange to say, Cocker never got inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
Suddenly his countenance shone with a strange and impressive beauty.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Others thought this strange, but there was nothing strange about it to her.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Strange, by what slender threads our lives are knitted to each other!
Would he be strong or weak; and what would be weakness, and what strength, in a position so strange?
The steps suggested to meet this impending calamity were strange enough.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- 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 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.