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



Definition of bizarre (Entry 2 of 2)

botany : a flower with atypical striped marking

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Other Words from bizarre


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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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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Then, of course, there was Smith's role in the recent soup-throwing incident, another ridiculous chapter in a bizarre and maddening season. Chris Fedor,, "Tyronn Lue's handling of JR Smith's move to bench shines light on season-long issue: Chris Fedor," 13 Mar. 2018 The developments mark the latest bizarre turn in the strange mix of tragedy and scandal that have engulfed Mr. Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and Black Panther, since the death of his wife, Joan Lee, in July. Matt Stevens,, "Restraining order issued against Stan Lee’s supposed caregiver," 14 June 2018 The bizarre and relentless cyberstalking was so intense that the 24-year-old victim lost her job, moved out of South Florida and even tried to take her own life. Paula Mcmahon,, "Landlord's cyberstalking via Craiglist sex ads was 'evil,' judge says," 20 Apr. 2018 But there were disappointments too: stans for David Lynch’s bizarre Twin Peaks, Emilia Clarke’s fearsome turn in Game of Thrones or the irreverent Netflix true crime spoof American Vandal will certainly be disappointed. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Flavored specks that are found everywhere yet felt by no one; matter that seems solid but is actually mostly empty – this is the bizarre science of particle physics. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Now in its fourth year, the day-and-a-half digital shopping spree turned global pastime has become a frenzy of online customers eagerly snagging everything from coveted gadgets to some bizarre merchandise. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Amazon Prime Day 2018: Is it worth paying $119 to take part?," 11 July 2018 On June 10, a week after setting the Plane Bae viral phenomenon in motion, Rosey Blair issued a bizarre apology to Helen, the woman whose in-flight flirtation with her seatmate Blair documented without consent. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Rosey Blair, the #PlaneBae matchmaker, apologizes for invading a woman’s privacy," 11 July 2018 The mutation of monsters from bizarre police reports into emblems of the community seems to go hand in hand with the destruction of small town economies by the forces of globalization and urbanization. Joseph P. Laycock, Smithsonian, "A Search for Mysteries and Monsters in Small Town America," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

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First Known Use of bizarre


circa 1648, in the meaning defined above


circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bizarre


French, from Italian bizzarro


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English Language Learners Definition of bizarre

: very unusual or strange


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Kids Definition of bizarre

: very strange or odd

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