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

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

On the downside, Brown is a magnet for off-field controversy and bizarre and unpredictable behavior. Michael Mccann,, "The Legal Impact of the Newest Accusations Against Antonio Brown," 16 Sep. 2019 As Jo begins to investigate, she’s drawn into a bizarre and complex conspiracy that not only threatens the child but herself and her family. Jeanne Jakle,, "The 15 new fall 2019 TV shows you need to watch," 12 Sep. 2019 Today, there is no way for the elites like Buckley to exclude bizarre and destructive demagoguery from the wider public space. oregonlive, "‘Inadequacy of citizens,’ as well as Donald Trump and the internet, are killing democracy, warns academic analysis," 9 Sep. 2019 Yoon is clearly more interested in the proceedings' psychological and sociological aspects, presenting the role-plays in a detached manner which nonetheless brings out their bizarre and humorous aspects. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Overseas': Film Review | Locarno 2019," 22 Aug. 2019 And there was this really strange, charismatic, fascinating character named George Remus (Glenn Fleshler) who was really innovative and slightly bizarre and spoke of himself in the third person. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Bootleg King and the Ambitious Prosecutor Who Took Him Down," 1 Aug. 2019 The strangeness of this could only be alleviated by genuine love, which through all circumstances, bizarre and banal, remains constant. Joy Notoma, Longreads, "When to Throw a Goodbye Party," 19 July 2019 That groundedness in the soil of natural life is, perhaps, an implicit admission that the treatment of African Americans has been so bizarre and grotesque that fantastical enhancements are unnecessary. Ron Charles, Dallas News, "In Colson Whitehead's 'The Nickel Boys,' an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 9 July 2019 The bizarre legal battle began last July when Musk had a team of SpaceX engineers construct a miniature submarine to help rescue kids stranded in a cave in Thailand. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Musk spent $50,000 digging into critic’s personal life," 17 Sep. 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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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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