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See also: Strange, strânge, and Stränge



From 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).



strange ‎(comparative stranger, superlative strangest)

  1. Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
    He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
    • Milton
      Sated at length, erelong I might perceive / Strange alteration in me.
  2. Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
    I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
    • Shakespeare
      Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "The Next Witness", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553249592, pages 48–49:
      She's probably sitting there hoping a couple of strange detectives will drop in.
  3. (physics) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
    • 2004 Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, page 93:
      A strange quark is electrically charged, carrying an amount -1/3, as does the down quark.
  4. (obsolete) Belonging to another country; foreign.
    • Shakespeare
      one of the strange queen's lords
    • Ascham
      I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.
  5. (obsolete) Reserved; distant in deportment.
    • Shakespeare
      She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Nathaniel Hawthorne to this entry?)
  6. (obsolete) Backward; slow.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      Who, loving the effect, would not be strange / In favouring the cause.
  7. (obsolete) Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
    • Shakespeare
      In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange.



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strange ‎(third-person singular simple present stranges, present participle stranging, simple past and past participle stranged)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To alienate; to estrange.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To be estranged or alienated.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To wonder; to be astonished.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Glanvill to this entry?)


Most common English words before 1923: reached · appeared · spoke · #462: strange · force · character · taking



strange ‎(uncountable)

  1. (slang, uncountable) vagina




  1. strangely

Old English[edit]




  1. Inflected form of strang