(1) Not known before
"Used many strange words"
"Saw many strange faces in the crowd"
"Don't let anyone unknown into the house"
(2) Being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
"A strange exaltation that was indefinable"
"A strange fantastical mind"
"What a strange sense of humor she has"
(3) Relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world
"A foreign accent"
"On business in a foreign city"
strange from estrange, from extraneus, "that which is on the outside". Displaced native fremd, frempt "strange" (from fremede, fremde).
- Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
- He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
- Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
- I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
- Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
- 2004: A strange quark is electrically charged, carrying an amount -1/3, as does the down quark. — Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2004, p. 93)
Synonyms: bizarre, odd, out of the ordinary, peculiar, queer, singular, weird: new, unfamiliar, unknown
- See also Wikisaurus:strange