Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

bizarre

play
adjective bi·zarre \bə-ˈzär\

Simple Definition of bizarre

  • : very unusual or strange

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bizarre

  1. :  strikingly out of the ordinary: as a :  odd, extravagant, or eccentric in style or mode b :  involving sensational contrasts or incongruities

bizarrely adverb
bizarreness noun

Examples of bizarre in a sentence

  1. I just heard the most bizarre story.

  2. She wore a bizarre outfit.



Origin of bizarre

French, from Italian bizzarro


First Known Use: circa 1648

Synonym Discussion of bizarre

fantastic, bizarre, grotesque mean conceived, made, or carried out without adherence to truth or reality. fantastic may connote extravagance in conception or ingenuity of decorative invention <dreamed up fantastic rumors>. bizarre applies to the sensationally strange and implies violence of contrast or incongruity of combination <a bizarre medieval castle in the heart of a modern city>. grotesque may apply to what is conventionally ugly but artistically effective or it may connote ludicrous awkwardness or incongruity often with sinister or tragic overtones <grotesque statues on the cathedral> <though grieving, she made a grotesque attempt at a smile>.

2

bizarre

noun bi·zarre

Definition of bizarre

  1. :  a flower with atypical striped marking



Circa 1753

First Known Use of bizarre

circa 1753

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


BIZARRE Defined for Kids

bizarre

play
adjective bi·zarre \bə-ˈzär\

Definition of bizarre for Students

  1. :  very strange or odd





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bizarre? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to manage or play awkwardly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

reduce disapprove soothe perplex
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ