- 1Unusual or surprising in a way that is unsettling or hard to understand: children have some strange ideas he’s a very strange man [with clause]: it is strange how things changeMore example sentences
unusual, odd, curious, peculiar, funny, bizarre, weird, uncanny, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, atypical, anomalous, out of the ordinary, extraordinary, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, inexplicable, singular, freakish; suspicious, questionable; eerie, unnaturalweird, eccentric, odd, peculiar, funny, bizarre, unusual; unconventional, outlandish, freakish, quirky, zany
- It is strange how ideas such as these last almost as long as brick and mortar buildings.
- It was strange how the country air smelled so different from the city air.
- It is strange how such concealment goes hand in hand with record-breaking council tax rises.
- 2Not previously visited, seen, or encountered; unfamiliar or alien: she found herself in bed in a strange place a harsh accent that was strange to his earsMore example sentences
- You can imagine an alien civilisation observing this strange scene and finding it fascinating or amusing.
- This is by no means strange and alien terrain for the Bank of England.
- Anyway, at the point I left the house there were no strange alien calls and it was still dark.
- 2.1 [predic.] (strange to/at/in) • archaic Unaccustomed to or unfamiliar with: I am strange to the workMore example sentences
- I smiled at him, feeling unfamiliar but not altogether strange in the compacted apartment.
- The land itself is not actually cold and brutal, it's just because I am strange to the land.
- I am strange to myself. I am here, as in a dream.
- 3 Physics Having a nonzero value for strangeness.More example sentences
- The lightest particles containing a strange quark cannot decay by the strong interaction, and must instead decay via the much slower weak interaction.
- So with three strange quarks, the property which distinguishes them must be capable of at least three distinct values.
- (Of a person or part of the body) feel unwell; have unpleasant sensations: her head still felt strangeMore example sentences
- I just thought of her that way whilst writing that and have come over all strange and nauseous.
- My brain felt cloudy, and my stomach was doing a strange tingly thing that was making me feel quite nauseous.
- His face was falling closer and closer to mine and I felt that strange, dizzy feeling again.
- Be uncomfortable or ill at ease in a situation: the family had expected to feel strange in Stephen’s companyMore example sentences
- Everyone's schedule is impacted by random events, but it must feel strange to be one of these folks.
- I feel strange… I have a feeling something has gone terribly wrong!
- So you're saying you're acting funny just because you feel strange?
strange to say (or • literary tell)
- It is surprising or unusual that: strange to say, I didn’t really like carol singersMore example sentences
- And suddenly, strange to tell, exactly enough money is saved to pass the budget.
- Graham had need of a new backpack and, strange to tell, my legs gave out on me just then.
- She said: ‘It may sound strange to say but I feel normal.’
- [as submodifier]: the house was strangely quiet [sentence adverb]: strangely enough, people were able to perform this task without difficultyMore example sentences
- The fields on either side were strangely empty and quiet, with almost no livestock to be seen.
- The shop itself was strangely quiet, and they even had soup left at ten to two.
- The strangely quiet coffee shop, book shop and supermarket were very much to our liking.
Middle English: shortening of Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus 'external, strange'.