Definition of strange in US English:

strange

adjective

  • 1Unusual or surprising in a way that is unsettling or hard to understand.

    ‘children have some strange ideas’
    ‘he's a very strange man’
    with clause ‘it is strange how things change’
    • ‘It is strange how even when it all comes to an end you never stop loving those people.’
    • ‘It was strange, it was unusual and to be honest, it was a little bit frightening.’
    • ‘It was strange how the country air smelled so different from the city air.’
    • ‘She had to find out what it was, and she had the strange idea that he would help her.’
    • ‘It is all a little unusual and strange because there is a more practical aspect of its relevance.’
    • ‘The twins were very young, and they wanted their grandmother to explain this strange wind.’
    • ‘The stage has been strange somehow, difficult as regards concentration and with a lot of dust.’
    • ‘It is strange how educationalists so often look at things from the wrong angle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is always accusing me of having strange ideas about what word should be stressed.’
    • ‘I found that explanation very strange and I don't understand why I was sent there.’
    • ‘At the same time, it goes far to explain why we engage in these strange games with them.’
    • ‘At that time, the three of them could not explain how this strange feeling came about.’
    • ‘I did not think there was anything strange, unusual or threatening in what he said.’
    • ‘The effects of this strange publicity campaign were not difficult to miss.’
    • ‘I decided to persevere with my list of questions, provoking a strange response.’
    • ‘One company was so surprised at the strange story, they rang The Times to check it was not a hoax.’
    • ‘But these guys hear voices and have strange ideas that they can't explain themselves.’
    • ‘It is strange how ideas such as these last almost as long as brick and mortar buildings.’
    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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  • 2Not previously visited, seen, or encountered; unfamiliar or alien.

    ‘a harsh accent that was strange to his ears’
    ‘she found herself in bed in a strange place’
    • ‘Granted, some of the strange new places to be visited were not glamorous, precisely.’
    • ‘I value it, and it is special, deeply special, and strange and unfamiliar, and very precious.’
    • ‘He looked at it as though it were some strange alien object that he had never seen before.’
    • ‘You can imagine an alien civilisation observing this strange scene and finding it fascinating or amusing.’
    • ‘She heard the call of some unknown, strange bird in the boughs as she was led into the jungle.’
    • ‘This can be explained by the fact that Europeans found Africans to be alien and strange.’
    • ‘Two evenings this week, I have encountered strange weather whilst driving home from work.’
    • ‘This is by no means strange and alien terrain for the Bank of England.’
    • ‘Indeed, whenever he visited a strange town his first port of call was always the local cemetery.’
    • ‘I opened up the jiffy bag and inside were four pink hard back tomes with some strange alien language on the cover.’
    • ‘When a member of the household is sick our lives are rendered strange and detached from the world about us.’
    • ‘For these humans the picture only represents a strange object, nature and function unknown.’
    • ‘For such speakers, Latin had always been a strange, alien, and bookish tongue.’
    • ‘For many bank customers, digital banking is no longer a strange or unfamiliar term.’
    • ‘Anyway, at the point I left the house there were no strange alien calls and it was still dark.’
    • ‘Acceptance of the strange and unfamiliar is not a leap that depends on logic alone.’
    • ‘Cambodian music may sound somewhat strange at first to those who are unfamiliar with Asian music.’
    • ‘To be honest, the dishes sounded so strange and unfamiliar that I was stumped as to what to order.’
    • ‘They converse in strange tongues, using words and expressions that are totally alien to me.’
    unfamiliar, unknown, new, alien, previously unencountered
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    1. 2.1strange to/at/inarchaic predicative 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 nonzero 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’
      • ‘Graham had need of a new backpack and, strange to tell, my legs gave out on me just then.’
      • ‘But, strange to say, this dominance is inevitable.’
      • ‘It seems strange to say now that I felt so lonely, yet I did.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He came softly, unobserved, and yet, strange to say, everyone recognised Him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But there is one notable absence from the list and - strange to say - that is the schoolchildren.’
      • ‘It may sound strange to say now, but these things did bother me.’
      • ‘It's strange to say that a president doesn't get enough attention - that his speeches and arguments are ignored.’
  • feel strange

    • 1(of a person or part of the body) feel unwell; have unpleasant sensations.

      ‘her head still felt strange’
      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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      1. 1.1Be uncomfortable or ill at ease in a situation.
        ‘the family had expected to feel strange in Stephen's company’
        • ‘Now that report has finished I feel strange and empty.’
        • ‘It can make a conversation with him feel strange and disjointed.’
        • ‘She did feel strange, but she wasn't sure what it was.’
        • ‘If we ask them to withdraw from ‘normal’ activities, they'll only feel strange and different, and alienated from us as parents.’
        • ‘I feel strange stating it as a fact when it's not my own feelings that I'm talking about.’
        • ‘Leon began to feel strange as he watched her sit there.’
        • ‘I feel strange… I have a feeling something has gone terribly wrong!’
        • ‘Everyone's schedule is impacted by random events, but it must feel strange to be one of these folks.’
        • ‘So you're saying you're acting funny just because you feel strange?’
        • ‘As I walked home, I could not help but feel strange about what had happened.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

strange

/streɪndʒ//strānj/