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bi·​zarre bə-ˈzär How to pronounce bizarre (audio)
: strikingly out of the ordinary: such as
: odd, extravagant, or eccentric in style or mode
His behavior was bizarre.
bizarre stories
a bizarre outfit
: involving sensational contrasts or incongruities
the bizarre timidity of a tall, strapping young man
bizarrely adverb
bizarreness noun


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botany : a flower with atypical striped marking
Choose the Right Synonym for bizarre

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
The 2023 movie, which stars Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo and Ramy Youssef, is a humorous, bizarre take on Frankenstein. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 This bizarre exchange was emblematic of an entire constellation of assumptions, biases, and misunderstandings that has proliferated in recent years and altered the way Jackson thinks of himself, his work, and American society more broadly. Thomas Chatterton Williams, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 Or, at least, that was the implication of its bizarre ruling in the case of State v. Wilson. Nr Editors, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 Make Your Eyes Pop With Bright Liner Despite the pandemic and its bizarre circumstances (Does anyone miss virtual concerts? Sarah Han, Allure, 9 Feb. 2024 In less skilled hands, this usually produces food that ranges from slightly off to completely bizarre. Pete Wells, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 From the outlandish to bizarre, Monday night’s Super Bowl media availability for the 49ers and Chiefs felt very Vegas. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 In retrospect, this idea seems nothing short of bizarre, especially coming from a mental-health professional. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Kids who don’t understand something fully, who aren’t ready to yet, often follow bizarre paths of their own conjured logic to some pretty wild conclusions. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024
The Celebration tour — on Tuesday in a bizarre, NSFW video featuring a dinner-party game of truth or dare with guests Amy Schumer, Jack Black and Lil Wayne, among others. Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2023 An autumnal trip around your local grocery store will reveal a dizzying array of goods infused with pumpkin spice, from the predictable to the bizarre. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 But last Thursday, Jackson had to be ready for the bizarre. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Oct. 2022 Get goofy with it and live out your bizarre, T-Rex fueled fantasies with this hilarious costume. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 5 Oct. 2022 Monsoon storms also bring a variety of other bizarre and often amusingly named weather threats, including haboobs, downbursts, gustnadoes, earth fissures and landslides. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2022 Meatball short film aside, this is a great distillation of Sherman's bizarre, off-putting body humor. Andy Hoglund,, 10 Apr. 2022 China’s Bored Wukong collection, which launched in November last year, is an anthology of 390 cartoon monkey portraits in which each ape sports a bizarre and, to some degree, unique array of accessories. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2022 His party-boy energy borders on the maniacal, and his club-ready rhythms flirt with the bizarre. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History



French, from Italian bizzarro


noun derivative of bizarre entry 1

First Known Use


circa 1648, in the meaning defined above


circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bizarre was circa 1648

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“Bizarre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: strikingly unusual or odd : fantastic
bizarrely adverb
bizarreness noun

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