Definition of strange in English:

strange

adjective

  • 1Unusual or surprising; difficult to understand or explain.

    ‘children have some strange ideas’
    ‘he's a very strange man’
    with clause ‘it is strange how things change’
    • ‘But these guys hear voices and have strange ideas that they can't explain themselves.’
    • ‘The effects of this strange publicity campaign were not difficult to miss.’
    • ‘I did not think there was anything strange, unusual or threatening in what he said.’
    • ‘It is strange how such concealment goes hand in hand with record-breaking council tax rises.’
    • ‘A few days ago, a cop had come to our door to explain the strange incident with Nick's dad.’
    • ‘At that time, the three of them could not explain how this strange feeling came about.’
    • ‘He is always accusing me of having strange ideas about what word should be stressed.’
    • ‘The twins were very young, and they wanted their grandmother to explain this strange wind.’
    • ‘One company was so surprised at the strange story, they rang The Times to check it was not a hoax.’
    • ‘I found that explanation very strange and I don't understand why I was sent there.’
    • ‘She had to find out what it was, and she had the strange idea that he would help her.’
    • ‘At the same time, it goes far to explain why we engage in these strange games with them.’
    • ‘It was strange how the country air smelled so different from the city air.’
    • ‘It is strange how educationalists so often look at things from the wrong angle.’
    • ‘I decided to persevere with my list of questions, provoking a strange response.’
    • ‘It is all a little unusual and strange because there is a more practical aspect of its relevance.’
    • ‘It was strange, it was unusual and to be honest, it was a little bit frightening.’
    • ‘It is strange how ideas such as these last almost as long as brick and mortar buildings.’
    • ‘It is strange how even when it all comes to an end you never stop loving those people.’
    • ‘The stage has been strange somehow, difficult as regards concentration and with a lot of dust.’
    unusual, odd, curious, peculiar, funny, bizarre, weird, uncanny, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, anomalous, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, out of the way, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, inexplicable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish, surreal
    weird, eccentric, odd, peculiar, funny, bizarre, unusual, abnormal
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    1. 1.1 Slightly or undefinably unwell or ill at ease.
      ‘her head still felt strange’
      • ‘I have seen plenty of posts on here from people who feel strange and not with it.’
      • ‘His face was falling closer and closer to mine and I felt that strange, dizzy feeling again.’
      • ‘Joey felt a strange tingling sensation in her stomach, but quickly dismissed it.’
      • ‘My brain felt cloudy, and my stomach was doing a strange tingly thing that was making me feel quite nauseous.’
      • ‘Fire seemed to surge through my right arm, creating a strange numb sensation.’
      • ‘I just thought of her that way whilst writing that and have come over all strange and nauseous.’
      • ‘As she sits up, a strange sensation begins to develop inside of her.’
      • ‘I cannot bear to hear certain words and hearing them earlier made me feel strange and now i feel disconnected and bewildered.’
      ill, unwell, poorly, indisposed, not well, not very well, not oneself, out of sorts, not up to par, below par, under par, peaky, liverish, sick, queasy, nauseous
      ill at ease, uneasy, edgy, uncomfortable, awkward, self-conscious, embarrassed
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  • 2Not previously visited, seen, or encountered; unfamiliar or alien.

    ‘she was lost in a strange country’
    ‘a harsh accent that was strange to his ears’
    • ‘She heard the call of some unknown, strange bird in the boughs as she was led into the jungle.’
    • ‘Acceptance of the strange and unfamiliar is not a leap that depends on logic alone.’
    • ‘Granted, some of the strange new places to be visited were not glamorous, precisely.’
    • ‘Cambodian music may sound somewhat strange at first to those who are unfamiliar with Asian music.’
    • ‘Anyway, at the point I left the house there were no strange alien calls and it was still dark.’
    • ‘This can be explained by the fact that Europeans found Africans to be alien and strange.’
    • ‘I value it, and it is special, deeply special, and strange and unfamiliar, and very precious.’
    • ‘You can imagine an alien civilisation observing this strange scene and finding it fascinating or amusing.’
    • ‘Two evenings this week, I have encountered strange weather whilst driving home from work.’
    • ‘For many bank customers, digital banking is no longer a strange or unfamiliar term.’
    • ‘I opened up the jiffy bag and inside were four pink hard back tomes with some strange alien language on the cover.’
    • ‘This is by no means strange and alien terrain for the Bank of England.’
    • ‘For such speakers, Latin had always been a strange, alien, and bookish tongue.’
    • ‘They converse in strange tongues, using words and expressions that are totally alien to me.’
    • ‘Indeed, whenever he visited a strange town his first port of call was always the local cemetery.’
    • ‘To be honest, the dishes sounded so strange and unfamiliar that I was stumped as to what to order.’
    • ‘For these humans the picture only represents a strange object, nature and function unknown.’
    • ‘He looked at it as though it were some strange alien object that he had never seen before.’
    • ‘When a member of the household is sick our lives are rendered strange and detached from the world about us.’
    unfamiliar, unknown, new, alien, previously unencountered
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    1. 2.1strange to/at/inarchaic Unaccustomed to or unfamiliar with.
      ‘I am strange to the work’
      • ‘I am strange to myself. I am here, as in a dream.’
      • ‘The land itself is not actually cold and brutal, it's just because I am strange to the land.’
      • ‘I smiled at him, feeling unfamiliar but not altogether strange in the compacted apartment.’
      unaccustomed to, unfamiliar with, unused to, unacquainted with, new to, fresh to, inexperienced in, unpractised in, unversed in, unconversant with
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  • 3Physics
    (of a subatomic particle) having a non-zero value for strangeness.

    • ‘The lightest particles containing a strange quark cannot decay by the strong interaction, and must instead decay via the much slower weak interaction.’
    • ‘So with three strange quarks, the property which distinguishes them must be capable of at least three distinct values.’

Phrases

  • strange to say

    • It is surprising or unusual that.

      ‘strange to say, most people have no idea who he is’
      • ‘But, strange to say, this dominance is inevitable.’
      • ‘She said: ‘It may sound strange to say but I feel normal.’’
      • ‘And suddenly, strange to tell, exactly enough money is saved to pass the budget.’
      • ‘It's strange to say that a president doesn't get enough attention - that his speeches and arguments are ignored.’
      • ‘It seems strange to say now that I felt so lonely, yet I did.’
      • ‘It may sound strange to say now, but these things did bother me.’
      • ‘Graham had need of a new backpack and, strange to tell, my legs gave out on me just then.’
      • ‘Incidentally, the elements, strange to say, also supported the winners in the final period as the direction of the wind changed on the restart when skies darkened in the build-up to a hail shower.’
      • ‘But there is one notable absence from the list and - strange to say - that is the schoolchildren.’
      • ‘He came softly, unobserved, and yet, strange to say, everyone recognised Him.’

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus ‘external, strange’.

Pronunciation

strange

/streɪn(d)ʒ/