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 strangely

Contemporary Examples of strangely

Historical Examples of strangely

  • 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

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 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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