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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strange, unusualadjective

    being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird

    "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"

  2. strange, unknownadjective

    not known before

    "used many strange words"; "saw many strange faces in the crowd"; "don't let anyone unknown into the house"

  3. foreign, strangeadjective

    relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world

    "foreign nations"; "a foreign accent"; "on business in a foreign city"


  1. strangeverb

    To be estranged or alienated.

  2. strangeadjective

    Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.

    He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.

  3. strangeadjective

    Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.

    I moved to a strange town when I was ten.

  4. strangeadjective

    Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.

  5. Etymology: from estrange, from extraneus, "that which is on the outside". Displaced native fremd, frempt (from fremede).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STRANGEadjective

    Etymology: estrange, French; extraneus, Latin.

    I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    The natural subjects of the state should bear a sufficient proportion to the strange subjects that they govern. Francis Bacon.

    As the man loves least at home to be,
    That hath a sluttish house, haunted with sprites;
    So she, impatient her own faults to see,
    Turns from herself, and in strange things delights. Davies.

    It is evident, and it is one of the strangest secrets in sounds, that the whole sound is not in the whole air only; but is also in every small part of the air. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Sated at length, ere long I might perceive
    Strange alteration in me. John Milton.

    It is strange they should be so silent in this matter, when there were so many occasions to speak of it, if our Saviour had plainly appointed such an infallible judge of controversies. John Tillotson.

    Strange to relate, from young Iülus’ head
    A lambent flame arose, which gently spread
    Around his brows, and on his temples fed. John Dryden, Æn.

    Strange to relate, the flames, involv’d in smoke
    Of incense, from the sacred altar broke. John Dryden, Æn.

    Desire my man’s abode, where I did leave him:
    He’s strange and peevish. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    A strange proud return you may think I make you, madam, when I tell you it is not from every body I would be thus obliged. John Suckling.

    Long custom had inured them to the former kind alone, by which the latter was new and strange in their ears. Richard Hooker.

    Here is the hand and seal of the duke: you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you. William Shakespeare.

    Joseph saw his brethren, but made himself strange unto them. Gen. lxii. 7.

    Here passion first I felt,
    Commotion strange! John Milton.

    She makes it strange, but she would be best pleas’d
    To be so anger’d with another letter. William Shakespeare.

    This made David to admire the law of God at that strange rate, and to advance the knowledge of it above all other knowledge. John Tillotson.

    They were now, like sand without lime, ill bound together, at a gaze, looking strange one upon another, not knowing who was faithful. Francis Bacon.

  2. Strangeinterj.

    An expression of wonder.

    Strange! what extremes should thus preserve the snow,
    High on the Alps, or in deep caves below. Edmund Waller.

    Strange! that fatherly authority should be the only original of government, and yet all mankind not know it. John Locke.

  3. To Strangeverb

    To wonder; to be astonished.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Were all the assertions of Aristotle such as theology pronounceth impieties, which we strange not at from one, of whom a father saith, Nec Deum coluit, nec curavit. Joseph Glanvill.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strange

    belonging to another country; foreign

  2. Strange

    of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic

  3. Strange

    not before known, heard, or seen; new

  4. Strange

    not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer

  5. Strange

    reserved; distant in deportment

  6. Strange

    backward; slow

  7. Strange

    not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced

  8. Strangeadverb


  9. Strangeverb

    to alienate; to estrange

  10. Strangeverb

    to be estranged or alienated

  11. Strangeverb

    to wonder; to be astonished


  1. Strange

    Strange is a British television drama series, produced by the independent production company Big Bear Productions for the BBC, which aired on BBC One. It consists of a single one-hour pilot episode screened in March 2002, followed by a series of six one-hour episodes broadcast in the summer of 2003. The supernatural storyline involved a defrocked priest's mission to destroy demons.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strange

    strānj, adj. foreign: belonging to another country: not formerly known, heard, or seen: not domestic: new: causing surprise or curiosity, marvellous: unusual, odd: estranged, reserved: unacquainted with, unversed: not lawfully belonging to one.—adv. Strange′ly.—ns. Strange′ness; Strān′ger, a foreigner: one from homed: one unknown or unacquainted: a guest or visitor: one not admitted to communion or fellowship: a popular premonition of the coming of a visitor by a bit of stalk in a cup of tea, guttering in a candle, &c.—Strange woman, a whore. [O. Fr. estrange (Fr. étrange)—L. extraneusextra, beyond.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strange' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1649

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strange' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1560

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strange' in Adjectives Frequency: #184

Anagrams for strange »

  1. garnets

  2. angster

  3. nagster

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strange in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strange in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of strange in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Finn:

    It strikes me as strange that only half of the airport is secure. Surely the whole airport should be secure, from the minute you arrive in the car park.

  2. Amit Ray:

    The 114 chakras have some strange properties. Some of the chakras switched rotational direction on average once every 160 minutes. Moreover, chakras talk to each other and exchange information.

  3. Cari Noriega:

    At first I thought it was strange. We were in our early 20s and just moved to New York City, but, then all of a sudden, she stopped pursuing voice-over.

  4. Sergio Soto:

    The tail is extremely strange, as it is short for a dinosaur and the posterior half is encased in dermal bones( bones that grow in the skin) forming a unique( tail) weapon.

  5. Adrian Gardner:

    London Metal Exchange's strange and sad, london Metal Exchange's not good for The LME or the metal industry. London Metal Exchange's not good for the principle of trading or for the principal of free market economics.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. articulate
    • B. indiscernible
    • C. foreordained
    • D. appellative

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