strange - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    unusual or unexpected, especially in a way that surprises or worries you

    By a strange coincidence, we were both staying at the same hotel.

    it is/seems strange that:

    It seemed strange that she would leave so early.

    the strange thing is:

    The strange thing is, I was the only one there.

    for some strange reason:

    For some strange reason, she didn’t even sayhello’.

    1. a.
      used about someone whose behaviour is unusual

      Ian really is a bit of a strange bloke.

      He had a strange and frightening expression.

  2. 2
    not familiar or known to you

    When you arrive in a new country, everything seems strange.

    a strange accent

  3. 3
    making you feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or ill

    She felt a strange tingling in the back of her neck.

    I always feel strange in a large group of people.

derived word


noun [uncountable]