The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Strange \Strange\, a. [Compar. Stranger; superl. Strangest.]
[OE. estrange, F. ['e]trange, fr. L. extraneus that is
without, external, foreign, fr. extra on the outside. See
Extra, and cf. Estrange, Extraneous.]
1. Belonging to another country; foreign. "To seek strange
One of the strange queen's lords. --Shak.
I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers
2. Of or pertaining to others; not one's own; not pertaining
to one's self; not domestic.
So she, impatient her own faults to see,
Turns from herself, and in strange things delights.
3. Not before known, heard, or seen; new.
Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the
character, I doubt not; and the signet is not
strange to you. --Shak.
4. Not according to the common way; novel; odd; unusual;
irregular; extraordinary; unnatural; queer. "He is sick of
a strange fever." --Shak.
Sated at length, erelong I might perceive
Strange alteration in me. --Milton.
5. Reserved; distant in deportment. --Shak.
She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon
learn to love thee. --Hawthorne.
6. Backward; slow. [Obs.]
Who, loving the effect, would not be strange
In favoring the cause. --Beau. & Fl.
7. Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange. --Shak.
Note: Strange is often used as an exclamation.
Strange! what extremes should thus preserve the
High on the Alps, or in deep caves below.
Strange sail (Naut.), an unknown vessel.
Strange woman (Script.), a harlot. --Prov. v. 3.
To make it strange.
(a) To assume ignorance, suspicion, or alarm, concerning
(b) To make it a matter of difficulty. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
To make strange, To make one's self strange.
(a) To profess ignorance or astonishment.
(b) To assume the character of a stranger. --Gen. xlii. 7.
Syn: Foreign; new; outlandish; wonderful; astonishing;
marvelous; unusual; odd; uncommon; irregular; queer;