strange

adjective
\ˈstrānj \
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

b : ill at ease

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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Other Words from strange

Adjective

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

One of my personal faves from that season was a queen who started off strong but ended her run with a strange moment on the main stage. Teen Vogue, "11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "RuPaul's Drag Race"," 28 June 2018 To proceed with daily life while atrocities take place around you requires a strange balancing act. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Jacket Heard Round the World," 22 June 2018 Asghar, co-creator of the web/HBO series Brown Girls, writes through the eyes of a Pakistani woman who comes to America and discovers a very strange country indeed. John Timpane, Philly.com, "A summer made of stories: Great books for warmer days," 2 June 2018 Welcome to the strange second act of the United States Digital Service. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Obama's US Digital Service Survives Trump—Quietly," 31 May 2018 In a very strange tweet Wednesday night, the Texas Senator issued a formal challenge to Jimmy Kimmel...essentially challenging him to a duel disguised as a game of one-on-one. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Ted Cruz challenges Jimmy Kimmel to a game of one-on-one," 30 May 2018 This very strange movie has Steve Carell playing a photographer who’s lost his memory and starts creating makeshift World War II scenes out of Barbies and action figures. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Creed II, Searching, Tau, and more," 23 June 2018 By midsummer, 2015 had established itself as a year of strange and seemingly contradictory climate signals. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Wyoming Reservation Shows the New Face of Drought," 6 June 2018 Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Elon Musk is entering the second week of his sustained, strange and simplified war with the media. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Here are the three most head-scratching tweets from Elon Musk this holiday weekend," 27 May 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 \
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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