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

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 After the Miami Dolphins committed a butt punt against the Buffalo Bills, former NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez jokingly noted similarities between the bizarre kick and his career's most infamous play. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 Arkansas had early control of the game with a 14-0 lead but lost its grip after a bizarre 97-yard defensive score on a play that was likely a two-touchdown swing. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 25 Sep. 2022 The end result was a victory for Center Grove — a bizarre 63-41 homecoming bonanza full of fireworks — over visiting Lawrence Central. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Sep. 2022 Colorado is almost equally bad in total offense (ranking No. 127 nationally) and total defense (No. 119), meaning a bizarre sequence of good fortune would have to occur to put the Buffaloes in position for an upset. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 This is a bizarre story — but par for the course at the same time. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 25 Aug. 2022 Two years ago, a bizarre story emerged about a Pennsylvania mother who was arrested for allegedly cyberbullying a group of teenage girls. Mounir Ibrahim, Fortune, 27 July 2022 Freddie Highmore and Maisie Williams will star in an adaptation of a bizarre true story about an American ex-beauty queen who was accused of kidnapping and raping a Mormon missionary in England. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 9 May 2022 But as FiveThirtyEight's Kaleigh Rogers writes in her deep dive of the bizarre story of election fraud in Mesa County, Colorado, there are likely hundreds of Big Lie-believing candidates seeking office, both big and small, this year. Byrick Klein,averi Harper, ABC News, 14 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 In 2018, the podcast famously (or notoriously) made headlines when Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared, sipping whiskey and smoking weed with Rogan for a bizarre, 2.5-hour live interview. Allison Morrow, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 The 212 bronze, iron and granite sculptures examine the human form, ranging from the beautiful to the bizarre. David Nikel, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 For mainstream media outlets, which endlessly covered Trump’s 2016 campaign as a bizarre and (for them, at least) lucrative spectacle, Trump’s fitful public re-emergence is something of a test. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 13 Sep. 2021 There’s a mix of the old-fashioned bizarre with rampant, of-the-moment social anxiety. Marshall Heyman, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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

Kids Definition of bizarre

: very strange or odd

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