strange

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

Definition of strange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : different from what is usual, ordinary, or expected : odd a strange sound a strange person the cat's strange behavior
b : not before known, heard, or seen : unfamiliar customs that were strange to him feeling lost in a strange city
2a : not entirely comfortable or well : uncomfortable, ill at ease felt a strange sensation in the pit of my stomach I left Lady Glyde … and joined Mrs. Rubelle, with the object of kindly preventing her from feeling strange and nervous in consequence of the uncertainty of her situation.— Wilkie Collins
b dated : discouraging familiarities : reserved, distant … why did you break off our confidences and become quite strange to me?— George Bernard Shaw
3 : unaccustomed sense 2 She was strange to his ways.
4a : not native to or naturally belonging in a place : of external origin, kind, or character
b archaic : of, relating to, or characteristic of another country : foreign

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 In a strange way, the demands of physical and social distancing have brought many of us closer together. Fortune, "AARP CEO: COVID is ‘shining a spotlight’ on the inequities facing older Americans," 24 Feb. 2021 The show is clearly entering a transitional period toward a sillier, less overtly political approach, with this strange season serving as an awkward bridge. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Saturday Night Live Is Over It," 31 Jan. 2021 What the Spurs have done well in first month of a strange season season is to simply plow ahead, no matter the circumstances. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ 8-6 start hasn’t come cheap," 19 Jan. 2021 Certainly a strange football season with no fans in the stands—or a limited amount of fans in the stands. Brad Japhe, WSJ, "Peyton Manning Ranks His Favorite Movie Quarterbacks," 23 Dec. 2020 In a very strange way, 2020 has been a banner year for design. Anne Quito, Quartz, "2020 is the year when the public learned how vital design is for survival," 23 Dec. 2020 They're structured in a strange way that can't be explained. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This 'crazy beast' was a weird early mammal that lived among dinosaurs," 18 Dec. 2020 But not even in this strange regular season could a Group of Five team achieve enough to crack the playoff code. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from the third College Football Playoff rankings," 9 Dec. 2020 The game presents Nebraska with another odd twist in an already strange season — its first regular-season game in December in exactly 28 years. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Nebraska-Purdue live stream (12/5): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of strange

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

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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The first known use of strange was in the 13th century

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27 Feb 2021

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“Strange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strange. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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