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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    not known before
    “used many strange words”
    “saw many strange faces in the crowd”
    synonyms: unknown
    unfamiliar
    not known or well known
  3. adjective
    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
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    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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