bizarre

adjective
bi·​zarre | \ bə-ˈzär How to pronounce bizarre (audio) \

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

All your faves were on a break, replaced by occasionally great, usually bizarre shows from networks that didn't want to risk airing them in spring or fall. Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Dropping This Summer You Won't Want to Miss," 11 Mar. 2019 Authors have explored bizarre new worlds, strange aliens, and unimaginable futures. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "This video shows how surrealist cover art gave us the sci-fi genre we know today," 18 May 2018 Aside from seeing extra autograph seekers and bigger crowds, other Binghamton players are not drawn into Tebow’s bizarre world. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Tim Tebow Comfortable And Content In A Life Others Find Fascinating," 8 May 2018 The members of the manosphere exist in a bizarre world where Donald Trump is considered the ultimate alpha. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Incels Hate Women," 27 Apr. 2018 In our opinion, the ideal white elephant gift is usually one that is funny but useless, useful but bizarre, or a flat out mix of both, which can take a lot of imagination to successfully pull off. SELF, "31 Funny, Totally Office-Appropriate White Elephant Gifts $20 and Under," 8 Nov. 2018 Yorgos Lanthimos/Fox Searchlight Hear me out: There is absolutely a case to be made that Yorgos Lanthimos’ bizarre, brilliant costume dramedy The Favourite is a romantic comedy. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is The Favourite Movie About? It's a Rom-Com of a Sort," 23 Feb. 2019 Still, Douglas, a former competitive mogul skier himself, finds my devotion to mogul skis bizarre. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Is Everyone Skiing on the Wrong Skis?," 21 Feb. 2019 In other words, be prepared for more of Ken's hilarious quips and Nicole's bizarre guesses. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Season 2 Is Going to Be a Gazillion Times Weirder," 31 Jan. 2019

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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bizarre

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bizarre

: very unusual or strange

bizarre

adjective
bi·​zarre | \ bə-ˈzär How to pronounce bizarre (audio) \

Kids Definition of bizarre

: very strange or odd

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