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  • adj. Strange; foreign; alien; outlandish; far off or away; distant.
  • adj. Not akin; unrelated.
  • adj. Out of the ordinary; unusual; unwonted.
  • adj. Strange; weird; outlandish; singular; odd; queer.
  • adj. Wild; untamed.
  • n. stranger; guest
  • n. an enmity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Strange; foreign.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Strange; foreign.
  • Not akin; unrelated.
  • Strange; singular; queer.
  • Wild; undomesticated.
  • n. A stranger; a foreigner or an alien.


From Middle English fremede ("strange, foreign"), from Old English fremde, fremede, fremeþe ("foreign, strange"), from Proto-Germanic *framaþiz (“foreign, not one's own”), from Proto-Indo-European *perəm-, *prom- (“forth, forward”), from *por- (“forward, through”). Cognate with Scots fremd ("fremd"), West Frisian frjemd ("strange, fremd"), Dutch vreemd ("strange, exotic"), German fremd ("strange, foreign"), Swedish främmande ("foreign, outlandish, strange"). More at from. (Wiktionary)


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  • This word was played against me in Scrabble on the first turn! Hitting the double-letter bonus with the 'F' and getting the double-word at the board's center, my opponent scored 30 points. I was familiar with the word in German from having heard it in Cabaret alongside French and English approximations (etranger and stranger) in the opening song, but I am dismayed to find that it is Scrabble-legitimate.

    May 7, 2012