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strange

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adjective \ ˈstrānj \

Definition of strange

stranger; strangest
1 a 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
2 a :not before known, heard, or seen :unfamiliar
b :exciting wonder or awe :extraordinary
3 a :discouraging familiarities :reserved, distant
4 :unaccustomed 2
  • she was strange to his ways

strangely

adverb

Examples of strange in a Sentence

  1. Does his behavior seem strange to you?

  2. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

  3. That is one of the strangest creatures I have ever seen.

  4. He gave me a strange look.

  5. Strange as it may seem, I don't like walking barefoot on the grass.

  6. It's strange that nobody told me about this before.

  7. That's strange. He was here a minute ago.

  8. The strange thing is that nobody saw him enter or leave the building.

  9. Children are taught not to talk to strange people.

  10. The language was strange to me.

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Origin and Etymology of strange

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

Synonym Discussion of strange

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

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strange

noun, often attributive

Definition of strange

: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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First Known Use of strange

1974



STRANGE Defined for English Language Learners

strange

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adjective

Definition of strange for English Language Learners

  • : different from what is usual, normal, or expected

  • : not known, heard, or seen before

  • : not entirely comfortable or well


STRANGE Defined for Kids

strange

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adjective \ ˈstrānj \

Definition of strange for Students

stranger; strangest
1 :unfamiliar 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.

strangely

adverb

strangeness

noun


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