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

Slime molds are among the world’s strangest organisms. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 Public health officials say the risk to the public is low, but advised people not to pick up any strange items. Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "Bottle containing nerve agent found in home of poisoned man in U.K., police say," 13 July 2018 Public health officials say the risk to the public is low, but advised people not to pick up any strange items. Fox News, "UK police confirm source of Novichok poisoning," 13 July 2018 Next is an extended, percussive-heavy take from Latroit with plenty of strange synth stutter. Kat Bein, Billboard, "deadmau5's 'mau5ville: level 1' Brings A Range Of Sounds, Emotions: Listen," 13 July 2018 Even in Las Vegas, a scorching sea of neon signs and strange creatures, his never-ending arms draw gawks. San Antonio Express-News, "The Bamba Project is still in early stages," 11 July 2018 Using the Internet as a place to attack people, or to share negative opinions of someone, has always been a really strange concept to me. Seventeen, "Sabrina Carpenter on Breaking Out of the Disney Mold," 11 July 2018 Just as strange was the description for Serena Joy, a white wine named after Yvonne Strahovski’s character. Karen Han, Vox, "Creepy Handmaid’s Tale wine announced, canceled within 24 hours," 11 July 2018 The Facebook groups formed the backbone of O’Rourke’s campaign, but some of the online activists have been reluctant to go out and knock on strange doors. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 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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