Strange vs Funky - What's the difference?

strange | funky |

As a proper noun strange

is .

As an adjective funky is

(us|slang) offbeat, unconventional or eccentric.




  • 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.
  • 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 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, pages 48–49:
  • She's probably sitting there hoping a couple of strange detectives will drop in.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (obsolete) Reserved; distant in deportment.
  • * Shakespeare
  • She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.
    (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  • (obsolete) Backward; slow.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Who, loving the effect, would not be strange / In favouring the cause.
  • (obsolete) Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange .


    * (not normal) bizarre, fremd, odd, out of the ordinary, peculiar, queer, singular, unwonted, weird * (qualifier, not part of one's experience): new, unfamiliar, unknown * See also


    * (not normal) everyday, normal, regular (especially US), standard, usual, unsurprising * (qualifier, not part of one's experience): familiar, known

    Derived terms

    * for some strange reason * like a cat in a strange garret * strange as it may seem * strange bird * strangelet * strange matter * strange quark * strangely * strangeness * strangeonium * stranger things happen at sea, stranger things have happened at sea * strange to say * truth is stranger than fiction


  • (obsolete) To alienate; to estrange.
  • (obsolete) To be estranged or alienated.
  • (obsolete) To wonder; to be astonished.
  • (Glanvill)




    (no plural)
  • (slang, uncountable) vagina
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  • (US, slang) offbeat, unconventional or eccentric.
  • (US, slang) Not quite right; of questionable quality; not appropriate to the context.
  • (slang, UK, US) cool; great; excellent
  • * 1989 , inCider magazine (volume 7)
  • Eight-bit Arkanoid is a funky game — not as sexy as its 16-bit sister, but fun to spend time with. I'm hooked.
  • * 2001 , ELLEgirl magazine (Autumn 2001, page 127)
  • I love high heels, and these were totally funky ! The coolest part: They actually let me take 'em home!
  • * 2006 , Sue Cook, Claire Crompton, Quick to Stitch Cross Stitch Cards (page 60)
  • What every teenage driver desires: a fab, funky car and freedom!
  • Having or relating to the smell of funk.
  • (music) relating to or reminiscent of various genres of African American music.
  • (UK, slang, dated) Relating to, or characterized by, great fear, or funking.