strange

adjective
\ ˈstrānj How to pronounce strange (audio) \
stranger; strangest

Definition of strange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a archaic : of, relating to, or characteristic of another country : foreign
b : not native to or naturally belonging in a place : of external origin, kind, or character
2a : not before known, heard, or seen : unfamiliar
b : exciting wonder or awe : extraordinary
3a : discouraging familiarities : reserved, distant
4 : unaccustomed sense 2 she was strange to his ways

strange

noun, often attributive

Definition of strange (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of −¹/₃ and a measured energy of approximately 150 MeV also : the flavor characterizing this particle

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strangely adverb

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Adjective

strange, singular, unique, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, odd, quaint, outlandish mean departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected. strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable. a journey filled with strange sights singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness. a singular feeling of impending disaster unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel. a career unique in the annals of science peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness. the peculiar status of America's first lady eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior. the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating. a friend's suddenly erratic behavior odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected. an odd sense of humor quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness. a quaint fishing village outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric. outlandish fashions of the time

Examples of strange in a Sentence

Adjective

Does his behavior seem strange to you? Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. That is one of the strangest creatures I have ever seen. He gave me a strange look. Strange as it may seem, I don't like walking barefoot on the grass. It's strange that nobody told me about this before. That's strange. He was here a minute ago. The strange thing is that nobody saw him enter or leave the building. Children are taught not to talk to strange people. The language was strange to me.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That is so strange, not only to have the same sweatshirt but to have bought it in the same place. Elizabeth Day, Town & Country, "Salma Hayek Isn't Going to Let Anyone Define Her," 6 Mar. 2019 This is a strange way of making a simple point: in the world of news, there is often no objective test for what’s true. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 However, due to the strange way that this announcement unfolded, the company has reportedly drawn scrutiny from both the Securities and Exchange Commission and upset investors who have filed five federal lawsuits. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "CEO Elon Musk: Tesla will remain a public company," 25 Aug. 2018 Ever since England booked its spot in the World Cup quarterfinals, fans of the team have been overcome by a strange new feeling: cautious optimism. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "It’s Coming Home: The Meme Behind England’s World Cup Fervor," 7 July 2018 And yet, for him, this last decade still feels strange, if familiar. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018 So Muhammad bin Salman is pursuing a form of modernisation, albeit of a strange, upside-down sort. The Economist, "Waiting for the backlashCan Muhammad bin Salman’s gamble work?," 21 June 2018 There are no strange or outrageous requests at the bar. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Bar Star: Gee Lee at Yauatcha," 3 July 2018 Hall-Chand told the station the text seemed strange and out of character for Bergman. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Kiera Lanae Bergman's body found in Arizona desert, police say," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Londonleaf Lane, 3433-Julie A. Strange to Jeremy D. Vitiello and Natsumi Takahashi, $243,000. Washington Post, "Home sales in Anne Arundel and Howard counties," 17 May 2017 Strange, then Alabama's attorney general, was appointed to the Senate in February by Bentley. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, AL.com, "Mo Brooks campaign for Senate blasted by Washington PAC backing Luther Strange," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of strange

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strange

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French estrange, from Latin extraneus, literally, external, from extra outside — more at extra-

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strange

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of strange

: different from what is usual, normal, or expected
: not known, heard, or seen before
: not entirely comfortable or well

strange

adjective
\ ˈstrānj How to pronounce strange (audio) \
stranger; strangest

Kids Definition of strange

1 : unfamiliar sense 1 strange surroundings
2 : different from what is usual, normal, or expected a strange sight strange behavior
3 : not relaxed : uneasy I felt strange on the first day at school.

Other Words from strange

strangely adverb
strangeness noun

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