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

Definition of strange

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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


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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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 The incident occurred on Monday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. in Houston, Texas when an off-duty police officer caught a strange sight on W. Sam Houston Parkway Beltway, according to ABC News' Houston station KTRK. Jon Haworth, ABC News, "5 kids caught in stolen truck lead police on short chase, crash into 2 other cars," 11 Feb. 2020 Those of us who love to watch the show knowing all the spoilers ahead of time already know that this season is a little strange, being that nothing has been released about who Peter picks at the end. Nicole Pomarico,, "Bachelor Reddit Has A Wild Theory About Peter’s Final Rose — But Does It Actually Hold Up?," 10 Feb. 2020 My mother’s cry, sharp and strange, brought me out of my bedroom and into hers. Jill Gleeson, Woman's Day, "How A Ski Trip Helped Me Grieve The Loss of My Mom," 2 Feb. 2020 The whole display is very strange coming from a life of hard, glass smartphones. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung Galaxy Fold review: The future is an ugly disappointment," 24 Jan. 2020 The combination of all of this creates a strange paradigm. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The 49ers Are Reinventing Old-School NFL Offense," 29 Jan. 2020 Whichever is true, the karambit is just one of the strange and unique weapons to come from the islands of Indonesia. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 of the Best Survival Knives," 27 Jan. 2020 There have been some strange things that have happened. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "What to expect when golf commentators Gary McCord and David Feherty reunite? 'God knows'," 25 Jan. 2020 But a strange thing happened as James and worked the crowd into a frenzy — his team didn’t play that well and went into halftime tied with the lowly Knicks. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "LeBron James can score at will, but it’s his other talent that separates him from most," 25 Jan. 2020 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 |,, "Mo Brooks campaign for Senate blasted by Washington PAC backing Luther Strange," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of strange


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


1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strange


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

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“Strange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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


\ 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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