from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not previously known; unfamiliar.
  • adjective Not of one's own or a particular locality, environment, or kind; not native.
  • adjective Out of the ordinary or difficult to account for; unusual or peculiar.
  • adjective Reserved in manner; distant or cool.
  • adjective Not comfortable or at ease.
  • adjective Not accustomed or conditioned.
  • adjective Physics Of, relating to, or exhibiting strangeness.
  • adverb In a strange manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To alienate; estrange.
  • To wonder; be astonished.
  • To be estranged or alienated.
  • Strangely. She will speak most bitterly and strange.
  • Foreign; alien; of or belonging to some other country.
  • Of or pertaining to another or others; alien; belonging to others, or to some other place or neighborhood; not lawfully belonging to one; intrusive.
  • Not before known, heard, or seen; unfamiliar; unknown; new: as, the custom was strange to them.
  • Outlandish; queer; odd.
  • Unusual; singular; wonderful; surprising; remarkable; of a kind to excite curiosity; not easily explained or explainable: as, a strange story, if true a strange hallucination.
  • Like a stranger; reserved; distant; estranged; not familiar.
  • Unaequainted; inexperienced; unversed.
  • Unfavorable; averse to one's suit.
  • Synonyms Singular, Odd, etc. See eccentric.
  • Surprising, Curious, etc. See wonderful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Strangely.
  • transitive verb obsolete To alienate; to estrange.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To be estranged or alienated.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To wonder; to be astonished.
  • adjective Belonging to another country; foreign.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic.
  • adjective Not before known, heard, or seen; new.
  • adjective Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer.
  • adjective Reserved; distant in deportment.
  • adjective obsolete Backward; slow.
  • adjective Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
  • adjective (Naut.) an unknown vessel.
  • adjective (Script.) a harlot.
  • adjective [Obs.] To make it a matter of difficulty.
  • adjective To assume the character of a stranger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
  • adjective Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
  • adjective physics Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
  • verb obsolete To be estranged or alienated.
  • verb obsolete To wonder; to be astonished.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not known before
  • adjective relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world
  • adjective being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle 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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English strange, from Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus, "that which is on the outside". Displaced native Middle English fremd, frempt ("strange") (from Old English fremede, fremde).


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