- The definition of strange is an unfamiliar or unusual person, place or thing.
- An example of strange is a city someone is visiting for the first time.
- An example of strange is food that a person hasn't eaten before.
- of another place or locality; foreign; alien
- not previously known, seen, heard, or experienced; unfamiliar
- quite unusual or uncommon; extraordinary
- queer; peculiar; odd
- Archaic reserved, distant, or cold in manner
- lacking experience; unaccustomed: strange to the job
Origin of strangeMiddle English ; from Old French estrange ; from Classical Latin extraneus, extraneous
- a. Not previously known; unfamiliar: saw lots of strange faces at the reception; heard music that was strange to me.b. Not of one's own or a particular locality, environment, or kind; not native: came across a flower that was strange to the region.
- Out of the ordinary or difficult to account for; unusual or peculiar: Events took a strange twist last week.
- a. Reserved in manner; distant or cool: The once affable man slowly became strange to his friends.b. Not comfortable or at ease: I felt strange and out of place at the party because I didn't know any of the guests.
- Not accustomed or conditioned: She was strange to her new duties.
- Physics Of, relating to, or exhibiting strangeness.
Origin of strangeMiddle English, from Old French estrange, extraordinary, foreign, from Latin extrāneus, adventitious, foreign, from extrā, outside, from feminine ablative of exter, outward; see eghs in Indo-European roots.
(comparative stranger, superlative strangest)
- 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.
- (physics) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
- I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.
- estrange, estranged
(third-person singular simple present stranges, present participle stranging, simple past and past participle stranged)