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

Definition of bizarre

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: 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 But there was also the separate bizarre episode in 2007 of Andrew selling his old marital home, Sunninghill Park, to a foreign oligarch for £3m more than the asking price. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Realistic is Financial Independence for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?," 11 Jan. 2020 Lieuvain’s boring, bizarre address at the agricultural fair has its modern equivalents – think of Trump’s meandering rally speeches, or his complaints about toilet flushing and cancer-causing windmills. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned," 10 Jan. 2020 The timing of the act’s passage forged a bizarre gap between the release of works from 1922 and those from 1923, which entered the public domain on January 1, 2019. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Start of 2020 Ushers Thousands of Once-Copyrighted Works Into the Public Domain," 2 Jan. 2020 Its premise may be futuristic and bizarre, but its long look into the soul of relationships—or lack thereof—is heart-wrenchingly profound. Wired Staff, Wired, "The 24 Absolute Best Movies of the 2010s," 26 Dec. 2019 His first Star Wars film, 2015’s The Force Awakens, was a splendid piece of mythmaking, a rewriting of the original film that washed away the sour taste left by Lucas’s bizarre (if memorable) prequel trilogy. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Rise of Skywalker," 18 Dec. 2019 From buying Greenland to Rudy Giuliani's butt-dials, here is NBC News' round-up of the silliest, goofiest, most bizarre political stories from last year. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Ukraine fears, U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, and the craziest political stories of 2019: The Morning Rundown," 30 Dec. 2019 The couple, still together, shared their bizarre story with us. Jason Daley, Outside Online, "Two Bison Attacks, One Harrowing Date," 26 Dec. 2019 Over the last year, bizarre stories from the Houston suburbs have both shocked and entertained our readers. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Shocking, bizarre stories to come out of Houston neighborhoods in 2019," 13 Dec. 2019 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

Adjective and Noun

French, from Italian bizzarro

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The first known use of bizarre was circa 1648

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bizarre.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce bizarre (audio)

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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