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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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

When the group gets to Venice, things start to get very strange – and not just the group’s horrifying cheap hotel. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "’Spider-Man: Far From Home’: Peter Parker’s summer vacation goes awry in funny, touching post-’Endgame’ Avengers film (review)," 1 July 2019 Guest-Star Parade BROWN: The stunt-casting sessions are always strange. David Canfield, EW.com, "'Why am I saying ‘Who’s ready?’ three times?': An oral history of SpongeBob SquarePants," 27 June 2019 School buses cart the teenagers off to a wide-open desert haunted by ancient demons that make strange and terrifying things happen. Isabel Debre, Fortune, "Netflix's First Original Arabic Series, 'Jinn,' Stirs Up Outrage in Jordan," 21 June 2019 That was strange, because XProtect, the barebones malware detector built into macOS, had been detecting the NetWire sample since 2016. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Potent Firefox 0-day used to install undetected backdoors on Macs," 20 June 2019 Being a refugee means having to find a new sense of home in strange places. The Christian Science Monitor, "The high court’s burden in keeping religious harmony," 20 June 2019 Ehrlich: Which is strange because everybody was already there. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Aretha: Her story was in her songs," 19 June 2019 The creator of more than one hundred works—from a wealth of darkly hilarious books to the animated opening sequence of the PBS television series Mystery!—Gorey was a master of the amusing, the strange, and the unexpected. The Reader's Catalog, "Edward Gorey “Life is Sweet” Sterling Silver Pin," 17 June 2019 In Chicago, the false identification that embroiled Bennett-Johnson and Brooks was equally strange. nola.com, "He died after the family took him off life support; then he walked through the door," 15 June 2019

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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