Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • adjective Old Eng. & Scot. Strange; foreign.

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

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

Etymologies

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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.

Examples

  • Kirsteen had known vaguely that her sister was supposed to be in Glasgow, which was something like an aggravation of her offence: for to live among what Miss Eelen called the fremd in a large town was the sort of unprincipled preference of evil to good which was to be expected from a girl who had married beneath her; but to find herself confronted with Anne was a contingency which had never occurred to her.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • Ye might hae heard him a mile down the wind — He routed like a cow in a fremd loaning.

    Old Mortality

  • Ger. fremd, so that opposite terms, which we find regularly contrasted in Mid.

    The Romance of Names

  • "Twenty-three years," he bellowed at the top of his voice, for he saw that I was fremd, and wished to make himself clear.

    Home Life in Germany

  • But to cut off a daughter – as if she were a fremd person, never to see her or name her name, oh, that's hard, hard!

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • [38 - †] “Dass der Gott Tepeyollotl im Zapotekenlande und weiter südwärts seine Wurzeln hat, und dem eigentlichen Aztekischen Olymp fremd ist, darüber kann kein Zweifel mehr obwalten.”

    Nagualism A Study in Native American Folk-lore and History

  • Ferre and fremd bestad: one from afar and among strangers.

    A Bundle of Ballads

  • Leastways he'll be gone to see feyther, and he'll need comfort most on all, in a fremd place -- in Bridewell -- and niver a morsel of victual or a piece o 'money.'

    Sylvia's Lovers — Complete

  • Leastways he'll be gone to see feyther, and he'll need comfort most on all, in a fremd place -- in Bridewell -- and niver a morsel of victual or a piece o 'money.'

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 2

  • Heil dem Brittischen Volke, wenn ihm das Deutsche nicht fremd ist!

    Records of Woman, With Other Poems

Comments

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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