Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
- He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
- Sated at length, erelong I might perceive / Strange alteration in me.
- I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
* 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, pages 48–49:
- Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.
(physics) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
* 2004 Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , Oxford, page 93:
- She's probably sitting there hoping a couple of strange detectives will drop in.
(obsolete) Belonging to another country; foreign.
- A strange quark is electrically charged, carrying an amount -1/3, as does the down quark.
- one of the strange queen's lords
(obsolete) Reserved; distant in deportment.
- I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.
- She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.
(obsolete) Backward; slow.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
(obsolete) Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
- Who, loving the effect, would not be strange / In favouring the cause.
- In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange .
* (not normal
) bizarre, fremd, odd, out of the ordinary, peculiar, queer, singular, unwonted, weird
, not part of one's experience
): new, unfamiliar, unknown
* See also
* for some strange reason
* like a cat in a strange garret
* strange as it may seem
* strange bird
* strange matter
* strange quark
* 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.
(slang, uncountable) vagina
not friendly; hostile; mean
* 2005 , Ted Dekker, Thunder of Heaven (page 217)
* 2008 , Dennis Wengert, A Very Healthy Insanity (page 44)
- Sweep the valley compound and eliminate any unfriendlies you encounter.
- You see, the mission of almost every teenage girl on the loose is to first identify the targets, just like a war. These include the primary objective (the boy), the enemy (other girls), the friendlies (sympathetic girl friends and the boy's family), and unfriendlies (other boys).