strange

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English straunge, strange, stronge, from Old French estrange, from Latin extrāneus (that which is on the outside). Doublet of extraneous. Cognate with French étrange (strange, foreign) and Spanish extraño (strange, foreign). Displaced native Old English seldcūþ.

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: strānj; IPA(key): /stɹeɪnd͡ʒ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪndʒ

AdjectiveEdit

strange (comparative stranger, superlative strangest)

  1. Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:strange
    Antonyms: everyday, normal, (especially US) regular, standard, usual
    He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
      I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 598-601:
      Sated at length, ere long I might perceave / Strange alteration in me, to degree / Of Reason in my inward Powers, and Speech / Wanted not long, though to this shape retain’d.
    • 1967, Robby Krieger; Jim Morrison (lyrics and music), “People Are Strange”, performed by The Doors:
      When you're strange / Faces come out of the rain / When you're strange / No one remembers your name
  2. Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
    Synonyms: new, unfamiliar, unknown
    Antonyms: familiar, known
    I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      [] here is the hand and seal of the duke: you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 105:
      'I'm sure I should have never mentioned anything of the kind to three strange gentlemen if you hadn't dragged it out of me.'
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "The Next Witness", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, →ISBN, pages 48–49:
      She's probably sitting there hoping a couple of strange detectives will drop in.
  3. (particle physics) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
    Hypernym: flavor
    • 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. (mathematics) Of an attractor: having a fractal structure.
  5. (obsolete) Belonging to another country; foreign.
    • 1570, Roger Ascham, Margaret Ascham, editor, The Scholemaster: Or Plaine and Perfite Way of Teaching Children, to Vnderstand, Write, and Speake, the Latin Tong, [], London: [] John Daye, [], OCLC 228713506:
      I take goyng thither [to Italy], and liuing there, for a yonge ientleman, that doth not goe vnder the kepe and garde of such a man, as both, by wisedome can, and authoritie dare rewle him, to be meruelous dangerous [] not bicause I do contemne, either the knowledge of strange and diuerse tonges, and namelie the Italian tonge [] or else bicause I do despise, the learning that is gotten []
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      [] one of the strange queen’s lords.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Psalms 137:4:
      How shall we sing the Lords song: in a strange land?
    • 1662 December 7, Samuel Pepys; Mynors Bright, transcriber, “November 27th, 1662 [Julian calendar]”, in Henry B[enjamin] Wheatley, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys [], volume II, London: George Bell & Sons []; Cambridge: Deighton Bell & Co., published 1893, OCLC 1016700617, page 377:
      I could not see the [Russian] Embassador in his coach; but his attendants in their habits and fur caps very handsome, comely men [] But Lord! to see the absurd nature of Englishmen, that cannot forbear laughing and jeering at every thing that looks strange.
  6. (obsolete) Reserved; distant in deportment.
  7. (obsolete) Backward; slow.
  8. (obsolete) Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
  9. (law) Not belonging to one.

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VerbEdit

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 (at something).
    • 1661, Joseph Glanvill, chapter 19, in The Vanity of Dogmatizing[1], page 184:
      [these] were all the Assertions of Aristotle, which Theology pronounceth impieties. Which yet we need not strange at from one, of whom a Father saith, Nec Deum coluit nec curavit [he neither worshipped nor cared for God]:

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NounEdit

strange (uncountable)

  1. (slang, uncountable) vagina
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:vagina
    • 2013 October 30, Trey Parker, “Taming Strange”, in South Park, season 17, episode 5:
      Ike: Yeah, for my cool cool trick I'm gonna tame Foofa's strange. / Plex: Tame mo-what? / Ike: I can tame Foofa's strange, bro.

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EsperantoEdit

EtymologyEdit

stranga (strange) +‎ -e

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

strange

  1. strangely

Middle EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

strange

  1. Alternative form of straunge

Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈstrɑnɡe/, [ˈstrɑŋɡe]

AdjectiveEdit

strange

  1. Inflected form of strang

West FlemishEdit

NounEdit

strange n

  1. beach