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bizarre

adjective bi·zarre \ bə-ˈzär \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of bizarre

: 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

bizarrely

adverb

bizarreness

noun

Examples of bizarre in a Sentence

  1. I just heard the most bizarre story.

  2. She wore a bizarre outfit.

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Origin and Etymology of bizarre

French, from Italian bizzarro

Synonym Discussion of 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

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bizarre

noun

Definition of bizarre

botany : a flower with atypical striped marking

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Origin and Etymology of bizarre

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BIZARRE Defined for English Language Learners

bizarre

adjective

Definition of bizarre for English Language Learners

  • : very unusual or strange


BIZARRE Defined for Kids

bizarre

adjective bi·zarre \ bə-ˈzär \

Definition of bizarre for Students

: very strange or odd


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