Definition of strange in English:


Syllabification: strange
Pronunciation: /strānj


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 change
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  • 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 ears
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  • 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 [predicative] (strange to/at/in) archaic Unaccustomed to or unfamiliar with: I am strange to the work
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  • 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.
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  • 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.


Middle English: shortening of Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus 'external, strange'.


feel strange

(Of a person or part of the body) feel unwell; have unpleasant sensations: her head still felt strange
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  • 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.
ill, unwell, poorly, peaked
informal under the weather, funny, peculiar, lousy, off
dated queer
ill at ease, uneasy, uncomfortable, awkward, self-conscious
Be uncomfortable or ill at ease in a situation: the family had expected to feel strange in Stephen’s company
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  • 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 singers
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  • 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 difficulty
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  • 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.

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