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Unusual in a strange way - thesaurus

Synonyms

strange

adjective

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

funny

adjective

strange, or unusual

weird

adjective

strange and unusual, sometimes in a way that upsets you

unreal

adjective

extremely unusual in a way that does not seem to be part of the normal world in which you live

idiosyncratic

adjective

idiosyncratic tendencies are unusual or strange, and not shared by other people

incongruous

adjective

strange because of being very different to other things which happen or exist in the same situation

surreal

adjective

something surreal is so strange that you cannot believe it is real

outlandish

adjective

extremely strange and unusual

eccentric

adjective

used about actions, decisions, or things that people make that are strange or unusual

edgy

adjective

music, films, books etc that are edgy are strange in a way that is interesting or exciting

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Alice in Wonderland

adjective

used for talking about a strange situation, in which everything seems to be the opposite of what normally happens

bizarre

adjective

strange and difficult to explain

bizarrely

adverb

in a strange way that is difficult to explain

bizarrely

adverb

used for emphasizing that you think something is strange

cranky

adjective

informal strange or unusual

damnedest

adjective

old-fashioned most strange or surprising

discordant

adjective

not matching other things and therefore strange or unpleasant

dreamlike

adjective

strange, like the things that you experience in dreams

extraordinarily

adverb

in a way that seems strange or unusual

fantastic

adjective

mainly literary strange or imaginary

fantastically

adverb

in an unusual or strange way

far-out

adjective

informal very strange

foreign

adjective

not typical of something or someone and therefore not expected or familiar

funnily

adverb

in a strange or unusual way

the funny thing is

used for saying you think something is strange

(going) down the rabbit hole

used for referring to a situation that is strange, confusing, or illogical, and often hard to escape from

improbable

adjective

strange and unexpected

it’s a funny old world/game

used for saying that strange or unfair things sometimes happen

it’s/that’s funny

used for saying that a situation seems strange

like a dream

very strange, like the things that happen in dreams

off

adjective

strange, or unusual

off kilter

slightly strange or crazy, or not right in some way

off-the-wall

adjective

strange, often in a funny or interesting way

outré

adjective

formal extremely unusual and strange

paradoxical

adjective

strange because of being the opposite of what you expect

paradoxically

adverb

used for saying that something is strange because it is the opposite of what you expect

peculiar

adjective

strange, often in an unpleasant way

peculiarly

adverb

in a strange or unusual way

preternatural

adjective

formal extremely strange and often involving abilities or qualities that people do not normally have

Pythonesque

adjective

strange and funny, like a person or situation in the 1970s British television programme Monty Python’s Flying Circus

queer

adjective

old-fashioned strange

quirky

adjective

slightly strange

rum

adjective

Britishinformal old-fashioned strange

screwy

adjective

informal strange, or unusual. This word is sometimes used in an insulting way.

singular

adjective

mainly literary noticeable because of being strange or unusual

strange

adjective

used about someone whose behaviour is unusual

strange

adverb

in an unusual way

strangely

adverb

in an unusual way

strangely

adverb

used for saying that something is surprising or unusual

surrealistic

adjective

used about things that seem very strange because they combine images or ideas that are not usually related

there’s no accounting for taste

mainly spoken used for saying that you think what someone likes is strange

uncanny

adjective

strange and mysterious

unnaturally

adverb

in a way that seems strange or not normal

unworldly

adjective

slightly strange or unusual

way-out

adjective

informal very strange or unusual

whimsical

adjective

slightly strange or old-fashioned

zany

adjective

informal strange or unusual in a funny way

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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