bi·zarre | \ bə-ˈzär \

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

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

His encounters with the locals are mostly hilarious and vividly observed, threaded with the types of details that foreigners see as bizarre and Russians tend to ignore as routine. Simon Shuster, Time, "To Understand Russia, Read A Terrible Country," 12 July 2018 Ditko’s ostensible line in the sand was a bizarre and telling example of his strict principles and of his emphasis on realism even within the technicolor pages of comic books. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Steve Ditko’s Ordinary People," 10 July 2018 The departure of the anti-regulatory crusader ends a bizarre and tumultuous chapter of the Trump administration that puzzled even some of the president’s staunchest supporters. Evan Halper,, "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals," 5 July 2018 Somewhere, most importantly for me, lurk the tricks themselves: all the bizarre and alarming and fascinating things that MS may do to you, which no one can predict. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 2018 This is all very bizarre and an embarrassing waste of time. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "David Beckham Showed His Support for the Queen at the Young Leaders Awards," 26 June 2018 Petrusich is convinced that Prince led a bizarre and lonely life, and her impressions of the estate seem preconceived. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 24 June 2018 Some student organizers said those comments struck them as bizarre and rude in that context. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "CMS principal whose school gun-rally outburst went viral has been reassigned," 12 June 2018 The public debate produced some bizarre and frightening theater. Gabriel Baumgaertner,, "Brock Turner, the 'Athlete Bias,' and the Movement That Produced the Recall of Judge Aaron Persky," 6 June 2018

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


French, from Italian bizzarro


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English Language Learners Definition of bizarre

: very unusual or strange


bi·zarre | \ bə-ˈzär \

Kids Definition of bizarre

: very strange or odd

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