Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: estrange 'foreign', from Latin extraneus; EXTRANEOUS


1 adjective
strange1 S2 W2 comparative stranger, superlative strangest
1 unusual or surprising, especially in a way that is difficult to explain or understand [= odd]:
strange noises
Does Geoff's behaviour seem strange to you?
She felt there was something strange about Dexter's voice.
Isn't it strange how animals seem to sense danger?
It's strange that we've never met before.
For some strange reason I slept like a baby despite the noise.
Strange as it may seem, I actually prefer cold weather.
That's strange. I was sure Jude was right here a second ago.
The strange thing is all four victims had red hair.
strange to say British English (=strangely)
Strange to say, I was just thinking that myself.
see usage note unusual
2 someone or something that is strange is not familiar because you have not seen or met them before:
As a child she'd been taught never to speak to strange men.
I was just 20, a young girl in a strange city.
strange to
It was all strange to him, but he'd soon learn his way around.

feel strange

to feel as if something is slightly wrong or unusual, either physically or emotionally:
Can you get me a glass of water? I feel a bit strange.
It felt strange to be back in Dublin.
strangely adverb
strangeness noun [uncountable]

unusual, strange, odd, bizarre, extraordinary, exceptional, remarkable
Unusual is neither approving nor disapproving a suit made of unusual material an unusual name Her response was unusual.Strange and odd mean unusual in a way that you cannot understand. They are sometimes used to show slight disapproval or distrust a very strange man I found his attitude a bit odd.Bizarre means very unusual, especially in a way that you think is amusing or that is hard to believe a bizarre haircut Extraordinary can be approving or disapproving, but suggests approval when it is used to describe a person What an extraordinary idea! (can suggest you strongly disagree) My mother was an extraordinary woman (=very impressive, talented etc).Exceptional and remarkable often mean unusually good or impressive a writer of exceptional talent a remarkable filmSee also unusual

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