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

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

At the previous hearing on May 21, the bizarre back-and-forth came as a surprise at an otherwise routine status hearing for a case with national-security implications. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Mar-a-Lago intruder from China may get her wish — to fire attorneys, defend herself," 4 June 2019 There are exceptions, flashes of brilliance that shed light on the bizarre workings of Soviet hierarchies. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What HBO’s “Chernobyl” Got Right, and What It Got Terribly Wrong," 4 June 2019 Despite that bizarre and underwhelming choice, there was at least one positive development from it: Sansa Stark is now the Queen of the North, something her fans—a.k.a. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Sansa Stark Is the Real Queen We Deserved on Game of Thrones," 20 May 2019 In a twist of the bizarre, Twins starter Jose Berrios, who held the Mariners to just two hits – a pair of Edwin Encarnacion singles — over the first four innings, fell apart in the fifth inning. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "How low can they go? Mariners embarrassed by Minnesota in 18-4 shellacking," 19 May 2019 Not only is the video full of bizarre scenes of Justin and Ed having fun dressed in costumes, but there's also an Easter egg in there for all the true Beliebers. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Did You Catch This Belieber Easter Egg In Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran's "I Don't Care" Music Video?," 17 May 2019 On @pleasehatethesethings, designer Dina Holland chronicles the bad, the dated, and the ugly of interior design, skewering bizarre trends and unexplainable ornamentation with delightfully searing captions. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside Every Interior Designer's Favorite Account on Instagram," 17 May 2019 His family disputes this and the bizarre, arcane details of the case have inspired international news coverage in the nearly 15 years since the bank robbery. Chris Harris,, "After Robbing a Bank Wearing a Bomb, a Pizza Guy Was Told to Go on a Scavenger Hunt to Save Himself," 22 May 2018 The biopic, based on the 2000 documentary of the same title, focuses on the bizarre and scandalous rise and fall of Messner and her husband, fellow televangelist Jim Bakker, who will be played by Andrew Garfield. Marci Robin, Allure, "Jessica Chastain Will Play Tammy Faye Bakker in Upcoming Film, Eyelashes and All," 12 May 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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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