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strange

[streynj]
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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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adverb
  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

Synonyms

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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

4–6. familiar.
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  • 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

    George MacDonald

  • 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

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for strangely

strange

adjective
  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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adverb
  1. not standard in a strange manner
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Derived Formsstrangely, adverb

Word Origin

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

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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