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



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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Adjective I just heard the most bizarre story. She wore a bizarre outfit.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The 2019 shooting death of Charles Vallow is one of four killings that Daybell is charged with conspiring to commit in a bizarre and complicated case spanning several states and tied to her and a new husband's doomsday beliefs. Jacques Billeaud And Rebecca Boone, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 What a bizarre and fascinating story, the three California teams dominating the National League West with no sign that any will let up down the stretch, putting the baseball world on notice that a one-of-a-kind playoff race is all but guaranteed. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 July 2021 The many rooms of the palazzo are each named with rather bizarre and wondrous monikers: Serapis, Hortus Deliciarum, Ganimede’s Meadow, Maison de l’Amour. Vogue, 12 July 2021 The show thus settled for expanding on the key players through small moments as well as bizarre and whimsical ones, like the fact that one of the Loki variants is an ill-tempered alligator, wearing little golden horns. Brian Lowry, CNN, 7 July 2021 Creators and writers Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin bring their distinct comedy style and observational humor to the forefront, continuing to poke fun at life’s most bizarre and mundane situations. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 4 July 2021 In a bizarre and random digital promo, AEW President Tony Khan called out new WWE Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan over rumors that WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling were in talks. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 29 May 2021 As the frozen projectile tore through the ceiling, a few pieces broke off and grazed his head, leaving a small goose egg a day later as a painful memento of his bizarre and chilling experience. al, 27 May 2021 Dylan’s songs became more bizarre and downright silly, with lyrics that are, like jokes, concise. New York Times, 24 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Instagram account grew bizarre: Spears regularly posted multiple near-identical photos of herself, and also videos of herself dancing alone, passionately, in her house. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 3 July 2021 Simply put, perhaps something bizarre happened with the Yankees. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 18 May 2021 Founded in 1980 in Milan, Italy, the Memphis Group was a collective of designers and architects whose colorful, attention-grabbing style verged on the bizarre. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Mar. 2021 That’s when things truly took a turn for the bizarre. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 24 Mar. 2021 What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans, contains many moments like this, in which an American child-rearing strategy comes away looking at best bizarre and at worst counterproductive. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 2 Mar. 2021 While the irony of the film and Hammer's previous involvement with the Call Me By Your Name duo is veering on the bizarre, the growing allegations against the actor are anything but humorous. Natalie Morin,, 31 Jan. 2021 Cole left with a five-run inning full of the bizarre on his resume. Jon Meoli,, 5 Sep. 2020 Here are three winners, and losers, of baseball's annual midsummer bizarre. Dom Amore,, 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


noun derivative of bizarre entry 1

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“Bizarre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bizarre

: very unusual or strange


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

Kids Definition of bizarre

: very strange or odd

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