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

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 In this case, things got especially bizarre, but in the best way ever, of course. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Watch Lili Reinhart Give a Fan a Makeover in 60 Seconds," 11 Feb. 2020 Others request assessments that seem bizarre to candidates. The Economist, "Take me to a leader Corporate headhunters are more powerful than ever," 6 Feb. 2020 And the problem they were asked to solve was so bizarre. CBS News, "Transcript: Sean Roche talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 1 Jan. 2020 While 5-5 is not terrible, the contrast is bizarre. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Do Heat flaws suggest a low playoff seed?," 29 Nov. 2019 The sight of 44-yard-old Tom Herman grabbing senior defensive end Malcolm Roach’s helmet and smashing their skulls together was unexpected and gladiatorial and downright bizarre. Nick Moyle,, "Texas’ spiral continues in loss to Baylor," 23 Nov. 2019 Details of the crimes, according to police, are bizarre: The victim allegedly brought both suspects to his home, intent on hiring one as a prostitute. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Antioch man clinging to life after knife attack by prostitute, police say," 14 Aug. 2019 Don’t drink that, either Another bizarre theory that’s been circulating about the virus is that it can be kept at bay by drinking bleach. oregonlive, "No, not like the beer: As coronavirus spreads, people mistakenly think it’s related to the beverage," 29 Jan. 2020 For all their wide smiles and empowering messages, Goop lacks the scientific backing to posit its bizarre wellness trends as actual solutions that can improve people's lives. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix this weekend," 24 Jan. 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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bizarre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 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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