bi·​zarre | \ bə-ˈzär How to pronounce bizarre (audio) \

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

The nuances of online apps, the constant potential for ghosting, the strange and bizarre interactions that can sometimes result? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Has SO Many Thoughts and Questions About Modern Dating," 21 Jan. 2019 Looks like Judge Trudy isn't going to be handing out a harsh and bizarre sentence to you anytime soon. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "The Ultimate Nickelodeon Trivia Quiz," 4 Dec. 2018 With hot water poured on top, Peach Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust, from Renee Erickson and Susan Kaplan, is both brilliant and a little bizarre. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, " writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 Here, Stanfield talks about his role and a film set in an Oakland that is both familiar and bizarre. Pam Grady,, "Lakeith Stanfield gets a kick out of starring in Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 28 June 2018 Not as funny, but just weird and sweet and bizarre. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Gimlet founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber on Recode Media," 27 June 2018 The rocks at Torrey Pines are sedimentary — not the type of tough granite found on Mt. Woodson — and have eroded into sometimes jagged and bizarre shapes. Brian E. Clark,, "Two scenic San Diego hikes, mountaintop and seaside," 24 June 2018 Now the former deputy clerk is the incumbent candidate looking to hold onto the office against an unusually crowded and bizarre field of 10 other Democrats seeking the job in the June 26 primary election. Ian Duncan,, "11 Democrats seek control of Baltimore courthouse in clerk's race — including some who've been in the building as criminal defendants," 15 June 2018 Ahead of their Champions League final clash in Kiev, Liverpool fans were overjoyed to see the bizarre, off-the-pace defending of Marcelo in Real Madrid's final league game against Villarreal., "Liverpool Fans Delighted by Marcelo's Erratic Defending in Real Madrid's Final League Match," 20 May 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

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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