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

Navy strike group pilots also reported seeing strange objects flying above 30,000 feet at hypersonic speeds with no visible engine or infrared exhaust fumes, according to the New York Times. Fox News, "Bernie Sanders pledges to reveal info on aliens if he wins in 2020," 8 Aug. 2019 Why the Phillies haven’t been able to put together a better season, seems strange based on their roster. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ fate may be determined during this homestand," 5 Aug. 2019 Most importantly, though, Huang’s result lays to rest nagging worries about whether sensitivity might be some strange outlier in the world of complexity measures, Servedio said. Quanta Magazine, "Decades-Old Computer Science Conjecture Solved in Two Pages," 25 July 2019 One example is the tiny deep sea pocket shark, which has a strange pouch behind its pectoral fins. Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 Godfrey, the rare female in an overwhelmingly male and undeniably odd profession, has published 18 books in the past 16 years about the improbable creatures and stranger things possibly stalking the Midwest. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Do you have a werewolf problem? Upright alligator? Cryptozoologist Linda Godfrey probably believes you," 24 July 2019 Pattern is repetition and repetition is ritual — which may explain why this strange object is thought to have been used in church processions as a ceremonial staff. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Unicorns are just one of the wild rides in the Getty’s marvelous ‘Book of Beasts’," 23 July 2019 The city was alive with the energy that’s distinctly New York, everyone doing their own strange thing in perfect, chaotic harmony, the awareness that even the most mundane routines in this city are laced with an element of unpredictability. Emily J. Smith, Curbed, "The unexpected gift of couch arrest," 18 July 2019 StarCraft Toon Plenty of strange StarCraft news this week. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Blizzard sics DeepMind on its StarCraft II players, Cuphead heads to Netflix," 12 July 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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