strange

Anything that is unusual or out of the ordinary can be described as strange, like the strange sight of an ice cream truck pulling up in front of your school and your principal skipping over to it.

The adjective strange comes from Latin word extraneus, meaning “foreign” or “external.” If someone approaches you speaking with a strange accent, it means you can't identify where the person is from, not that he or she is odd or weird — the newer meaning of strange. But remember, it once was a strange sight to see a person talking on a cell phone; when the unknown becomes known, it is no longer strange.

Definitions of strange
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adj being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird

“a strange exaltation that was indefinable”
“a strange fantastical mind”
“what a strange sense of humor she has”
Synonyms:
unusual
antic, fantastic, fantastical, grotesque
ludicrously odd
crazy
bizarre or fantastic
curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular
beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
eerie, eery, spooky
inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening
exotic
strikingly strange or unusual
freaky
strange and somewhat frightening
gothic
characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque
oddish
somewhat strange
other
very unusual; different in character or quality from the normal or expected
quaint
strange in an interesting or pleasing way
quaint
very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance
weird
strikingly odd or unusual
Antonyms:
familiar
within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange
common, usual
commonly encountered
common or garden
the usual or familiar type
everyday
commonplace and ordinary
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adj not known before

“used many strange words”
“saw many strange faces in the crowd”
Synonyms:
unknown
unfamiliar
not known or well known

adj relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world

Synonyms:
foreign
adventive
not native and not fully established; locally or temporarily naturalized
alien, exotic
being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world
nonnative
of plants or animals originating in a part of the world other than where they are growing
established, naturalized
introduced from another region and persisting without cultivation
foreign-born, nonnative
of persons born in another area or country than that lived in
imported
used of especially merchandise brought from a foreign source
tramontane
being or coming from another country
unnaturalised, unnaturalized
not having acquired citizenship
Antonyms:
native
characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin
autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, endemic, indigenous
originating where it is found
domestic
produced in a particular country
homegrown
grown or originating in a particular place
native-born
belonging to a place by birth
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