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Strange, adj. 1) of another country, foreign: “one of the s. queen's lords,” LLL IV, 2, 134. “wear s. suits, disable all the benefits of your country,” As IV, 1, 34. “as by s. fortune it came to us,” Wint. II, 3, 179 (as the child of a foreigner). “studies his companions like a s. tongue,” H4B IV, 4, 69. H8 III, 1, 45. he (my man) “is s. and peevish,” Cymb. I, 6, 54. “I am something curious, being s., to have them in safe stowage,” Cymb. I, 6, 54
2) not one's own, belonging to another: “the impression of s. kinds is formed in them by force,” Lucr. 1242. “millions of s. shadows on you tend,” Sonn. 53, 2. “in him a plenitude of subtle matter, applied to cautels, all s. forms receives,” Compl. 303. “some such s. bull leaped your father's cow,” Ado V, 4, 49. “s. fowl light upon neighbouring ponds,” Cymb. I, 4, 97. cf. Strange-achieved.
3) unknown; unused before; new: “to new-found methods and to compounds s.” Sonn. 76, 4. “what s. fish hath made his meal on thee?” Tp. II, 1, 112; cf. II, 2, 28. 32 (and H8 V, 4, 34). “the signet is not s. to you,” Meas. IV, 2, 209. “thy complexion shifts to s. effects, after the moon,” III, 1, 24. “as s. as the thing I know not,” Ado IV, 1, 271. “learned without opinion, and s. without heresy,” LLL V, 1, 6 (new and original). “love to Richard is a s. brooch in this all-hating world,” R2 V, 5, 66. “you did devise s. tortures,” H6B III, 1, 122. “I stalk about her door, like a s. soul upon the Stygian banks,” Troil. III, 2, 10 (newly arrived). “these s. flies, these fashion-mongers,” Rom. II, 4, 34. “new honours come upon him, like our s. garments,” Mcb. I, 3, 145.
4) not knowing, unacquainted: “I will acquaintance strangle and look s.” Sonn. 89, 8. “as s. unto your town as to your talk,” Err. II, 2, 151. “why look you s. on me? you know me well,” V, 295. “to put a s. face on his own perfection,” Ado II, 3, 49 (== not to seem to know his own accomplishment). “am become as new into the world, s., unacquainted,” Troil. III, 3, 12. “I know thee well, but in thy fortunes am unlearned and s.” Tim. IV, 3, 56. “you make me s. even to the disposition that I owe,” Mcb. III, 4, 112 (you make me not to know myself, not to know whether I am a brave man or a coward).
5) reserved, distant, estranged, not familiar: “in many's looks the false heart's history is writ in moods and frowns and wrinkles s.” Sonn. 93, 8. “look s. and frown,” Err. II, 2, 112. “thy self I call it, being s. to me,” Err. II, 2, 112 “you grow exceeding s.” Merch. I, 1, 67. “why do you look so s. upon your wife?” All's V, 3, 168. “I will be s., stout,” Tw. II, 5, 184. “you throw a s. regard upon me,” V, 219. “if he were proud, or covetous of praise, or s. or self-affected,” Troil. II, 3, 250. “those that have more cunning to be s.” Rom. II, 2, 101. “I should have been more s.” Rom. II, 2, 101 “s. love, grown bold,” III, 2, 15. “you bear too stubborn and too s. a hand over your friend,” Caes. I, 2, 35.
6) extraordinary, enormous, remarkable, singular: “against s. maladies a sovereign cure,” Sonn. 153, 8. “with good life and observation s.” Tp. III, 3, 87. “he is sick of a s. fever,” Meas. V, 152. “to s. sores strangely they strain the cure,” Ado IV, 1, 254. “we will with some s. pastime solace them,” LLL IV, 3, 377. “thou'lt show thy mercy and remorse more s. than is thy s. apparent cruelty,” Merch. IV, 1, 20. “he hath s. places crammed with observation,” As II, 7, 40. “full of s. oaths and bearded like the pard,” As II, 7, 40 “impossible be s. attempts to those that weigh their pains in sense,” All's I, 1, 239. “I see a s. confession in thine eye,” H4B I, 1, 94. “a s. tongue makes my cause more s., suspicious,” H8 III, 1, 45. this (murder) “most foul, s. and unnatural,” Hml. I, 5, 28. “s. and fastened villain,” Lr. II, 1, 79 (Qq strong). “there is some s. thing toward,” III, 3, 20. “'tis a s. truth,” Oth. V, 2, 189. “he hath laid s. courtesies and great of late upon me,” Ant. II, 2, 157. “all s. and terrible events are welcome,” IV, 15, 3. “nature wants stuff to vie s. forms with fancy,” V, 2, 98. “she doth think she hath s. lingering poisons,” Cymb. I, 5, 34. fame answering the most s. inquire, Per. III Prol. 22.
To make it s. == to do as if something extraordinary had happened; to seem to be shocked: “she makes it s., but she would be best pleased to be so angered with another letter,” Gent. I, 2, 102. “why makest thou it so s.?” Tit. II, 1, 81.
7) surprising, wonderful, odd: Ven. 791. Ven. 791 Tp. I, 2, 178. Tp. I, 2, 178 II, 1, 199. II, 1, 199 II, 1, 199 II, 2, 28. II, 2, 28 II, 2, 28 III, 3, 95. IV, 143. IV, 143 V, 117. V, 117 V, 117 V, 117 V, 117 Meas. IV, 2, 216. V, 38. V, 38 V, 38 V, 38 Err. I, 1, 52. III, 1, 97. Ado II, 3, 22. IV, 1, 270. LLL V, 2, 210. Mids. III, 1, 90. Mids. III, 1, 90 V, 59. Merch. I, 1, 51. II, 8, 13. IV, 1, 177. Shr. I, 1, 85 “(will you be so s.?).” Tw. I, 3, 120. V, 70. John I, 44 etc. etc. Followed by “should:” Wint. V, 1, 114. John V, 7, 20. Caes. II, 2, 35. Ant. III, 7, 58.
Adverbially: “how s. or odd soe'er I bear myself,” Hml. I, 5, 170. “she will speak most bitterly and s. Most s., but yet most truly,” Meas. V, 36. 37 (the suffix ly belonging to both adverbs; cf. Appendix).
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