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 Yet there are also hopes, according to insiders, that the bizarre acquisition may work on purely commercial grounds. The Economist, "Schumpeter Elon, Masa and Boris in low-Earth orbit," 11 July 2020 Some mimic a typical cold; others mirror the flu; and a few are just downright bizarre. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Covid-19 symptoms: What we know now and what to do," 10 July 2020 The bizarre history of red sauce chain Buca di Beppo. Bon Appétit, "How to Pitch," 10 July 2020 The result was both bizarre and absolutely astonishing. Chris Nashawaty,, "Oscar-winner Ennio Morricone, prolific composer of iconic spaghetti westerns, dies at 91," 6 July 2020 Daniel Maguire went on BiP and still acted pretty bizarre and passionately Canadian. Lia Beck,, "No One In Jojo’s Bachelorette Cast Was Who We Thought They Were Back In 2016," 1 July 2020 As for the narration's content, Amirpour used it as an opportunity to reflect on her thoughts and feelings about finding meaning in this bizarre and often frightening time in human history. Tyler Aquilina,, "Ana Lily Amirpour made a brilliant COVID-19 short for Netflix. It's unlike anything she's ever done," 29 June 2020 Who can forget the bizarre and disturbing arrest of Omar Jimenez and a CNN crew while on live television in Minneapolis on May 29? Washington Post, "Are the police trying to stop you from taking that cellphone video? Check your First Amendment rights.," 25 June 2020 Over the next several hours, Garcia’s behavior grew more bizarre and self-destructive. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 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 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bizarre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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