bizarre

adjective
bi·​zarre | \ bə-ˈzär \

Definition of bizarre 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: strikingly out of the ordinary: such as
a : odd, extravagant, or eccentric in style or mode His behavior was bizarre. bizarre stories a bizarre outfit
b : involving sensational contrasts or incongruities the bizarre timidity of a tall, strapping young man

bizarre

noun

Definition of bizarre (Entry 2 of 2)

botany : a flower with atypical striped marking

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Other Words from bizarre

Adjective

bizarrely adverb
bizarreness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bizarre

Synonyms: Adjective

absurd, crazy, fanciful, fantastic (also fantastical), foolish, insane, nonsensical, preposterous, unreal, wild

Antonyms: Adjective

realistic, reasonable

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Adjective

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

Examples of bizarre in a Sentence

Adjective

I just heard the most bizarre story. She wore a bizarre outfit.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In a bizarre call back, there are many echoes here of Jamie and Claire's wedding night and their reunion in Season 3. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 8," 24 Dec. 2018 From high atop bridges to the deepest of rivers, scooters have ended up in rather bizarre locations. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The weirdest places we found scooters in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 On September 19, 1962, the bizarre new aircraft took to the skies near Los Angeles. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 But even the real former spy peddling bizarre claims that would assist the Obama administration’s pursuit of those wiretaps didn’t arouse much curiosity or suspicion in the FBI chief, according to Mr. Comey’s Friday testimony. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Unbelievable James Comey," 10 Dec. 2018 Even more bizarre are the four LED screens — one on the hood, two above each of the front tires, and one on the rear — that display messages to pedestrians and anyone else in close proximity to the car. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The self-driving cars hitting the road in Texas today are unlike any we’ve seen before," 30 July 2018 Jack White has been a somewhat elusive character in the past, often throwing interviewers off his scent with bizarre claims and stories that have helped build up a sense of mystery about his private life. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Jack White Talks Al Capone, Laughing in Church on 'The Tonight Show': Watch," 13 Apr. 2018 The investigation turned more bizarre in December, when a flier posted at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital warned staff to be on the lookout for Brown. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "No felony charges for Cleveland cop's wife who lied about being pregnant, having cancer," 5 Apr. 2018 In one of the region’s most bizarre lynchings, townspeople in western Bolivia tied up a woman and her two sons to a tree infested with poisonous fire ants on New Year’s Eve in 2016, mistaking the trio for car thieves. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here are three winners, and losers, of baseball's annual midsummer bizarre. Dom Amore, courant.com, "MLB Deadline Winners And Losers," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bizarre

Adjective

circa 1648, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bizarre

Adjective and Noun

French, from Italian bizzarro

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More Definitions for bizarre

bizarre

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bizarre

: very unusual or strange

bizarre

adjective
bi·​zarre | \ bə-ˈzär \

Kids Definition of bizarre

: very strange or odd

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