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 For the Moleskys, the time spent in quarantine -- nearly a month -- was by turns scary and bizarre, Cheryl said. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "Americans reveal what life in coronavirus quarantine is really like," 5 Mar. 2020 Poses that are dynamically beautiful in ballet often seem bizarre when frozen in a photograph or painting, and Degas was clearly drawn to the visual possibilities of taking them out of context. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "It was at the Paris Opéra that Degas found the whole world — and his own tormented self," 4 Mar. 2020 While these products are often advertised to Western audiences by exoticizing them as strange Asian devices, Abidin notes that they were considered equally bizarre when first introduced in Asia in the 1990s. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job," 26 Feb. 2020 Inside this bee ball, something even more bizarre was taking place. National Geographic, "Photos from inside a tree reveal intimate lives of wild honeybees," 8 Feb. 2020 Star-studded and a bit bizarre: Planters has already killed off iconic mascot Mr. Peanut and plans to air his funeral during the game. Tyler Aquilina,, "When to watch J. Lo perform, and everything else you need to know about Super Bowl LIV," 31 Jan. 2020 By contrast, the way Grover’s algorithm treats the list looks bizarre at first but ultimately proves more useful. Quanta Magazine, "How Pi Connects Colliding Blocks to a Quantum Search Algorithm," 21 Jan. 2020 One of the most sensational and bizarre kidnapping cases of the era happened in Indianapolis in 1934. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The bizarre story of a kidnapped Louisville heiress held captive in Indianapolis," 20 Dec. 2019 My first clue was identical and somewhat bizarre responses to open-ended questions. Melissa Simone, STAT, "Bots started sabotaging my online research. I fought back," 21 Nov. 2019 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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14 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bizarre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 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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