- Belonging to another country; foreign."To seek strangestrands." [Chaucer.]"One of the strange queen's lords." [Shak.]"I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues." [Ascham.]
- Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining to one's self; not domestic."So she, impatient her own faults to see, Turns from herself, and in strange things delights." [Sir J. Davies.]
- Not before known, heard, or seen; new."Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you." [Shak.]
- Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual; irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer."He is sick of a strangefever." [Shak.]"Sated at length, erelong I might perceive Strange alteration in me." [Milton.]
- Reserved; distant in deportment."She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee." [Hawthorne.]
- Backward; slow.(Obs)"Who, loving the effect, would not be strange In favoring the cause." [Beau. & Fl.]
- Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced."In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange." [Shak.]"
Strange! what extremes should thus preserve the snow
High on the Alps, or in deep caves below." [Waller.]synonyms: Foreign; new; outlandish; wonderful; astonishing; marvelous; unusual; odd; uncommon; irregular; queer; eccentric.
Note: ☞ Strange is often used as an exclamation.
Etymology: OE. estrange, F. étrange, fr. L. extraneus that is without, external, foreign, fr. extra on the outside. See Extra, and cf. Estrange Extraneous