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

  • adj. Not previously known; unfamiliar.
  • adj. Out of the ordinary; unusual or striking.
  • adj. Differing from the normal.
  • adj. Not of one's own or a particular locality, environment, or kind; exotic.
  • adj. Reserved in manner; distant.
  • adj. Not comfortable or at ease; constrained.
  • adj. Not accustomed or conditioned: She was strange to her new duties.
  • adj. Archaic Of, relating to, or characteristic of another place or part of the world; foreign.
  • adv. In a strange manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to another country; foreign.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic.
  • adj. Not before known, heard, or seen; new.
  • adj. Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer.
  • adj. Reserved; distant in deportment.
  • adj. Backward; slow.
  • adj. Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
  • adv. Strangely.
  • intransitive v. To be estranged or alienated.
  • intransitive v. To wonder; to be astonished.
  • transitive v. To alienate; to estrange.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To alienate; estrange.
  • To wonder; be astonished.
  • To be estranged or alienated.
  • Strangely. She will speak most bitterly and strange.

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

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


Middle English, from Old French estrange, extraordinary, foreign, from Latin extrāneus, adventitious, foreign, from extrā, outside, from feminine ablative of exter, outward.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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). (Wiktionary)



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