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.
- strangely, adverb
- un·strange, adjective
- un·strange·ly, adverb
- un·strange·ness, noun
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How to use strange in a sentence
It is quite strange, whether or not you’ve stopped to consider it, that Jeff Bezos has never published a book.Jeff Bezos’s thoughts on Big Business, outer space and The Washington Post | James Ledbetter | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
It has become the strange and unstable zenith of the offseason and sometimes the entire year.The NBA offseason is a wild ride in normal times. This year? Buckle up. | Jerry Brewer | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Which is strange, because usually knowing a president isn’t a bad thing.
It performed as well as could be expected while tracking my strange triathlon, and as promised, I didn’t need to tell it what activity I was doing during the workout.This new workout watch can tell when you switch activities | Rob Verger | November 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
Well, strangely enough, it seems one group of strange ancient amphibians did.This weird Cretaceous amphibian has the oldest-recorded ballistic tongue | Sara Kiley Watson | November 11, 2020 | Popular-Science
What follows is hysterical, painful, weird, and strangely touching—a true Festivus for the rest of us.
Strangely, the Coexist sticker itself illustrates this whole point rather nicely.
The Hipgnosis founders took a quick look at the strangely-lit photos of contorted bodies….
For Xido, spending time in war-ravaged Angola felt strangely familiar.Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa | Nina Strochlic | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a strangely shaped block, due to the area once being underwater, and he took it home with him to examine closer.
He looked strangely out of place in the dusty combat uniform.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
All felt strangely as if something evil had crept into their lives, and their excitement was great.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
And a severe, embittered struggle then took place in a heart that seemed strangely divided against itself.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
"You are very sure of opposition—strangely sure, monsieur," said Garnache, looking him between the eyes.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Her smile was strangely distant, strangely precious: she was love and tenderness incarnate; her little hands held both of his.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for strange
odd, unusual, or extraordinary in appearance, effect, manner, etc; peculiar
not known, seen, or experienced before; unfamiliar: a strange land
not easily explained: a 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 quarks: strange matter; a strange star
not standard in a strange manner
- strangely, adverb
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