strange

[streynj]

adjective, strang·er, strang·est.

adverb

in a strange manner.

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

Synonyms for strange

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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Examples from the Web for strange

Contemporary Examples of strange

Historical Examples of strange

  • 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.

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

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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

    Malbone

    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

strange

adjective

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
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

adverb

not standard in a strange manner
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
adj.

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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