bi·​zar·​ro bə-ˈzär-ō How to pronounce bizarro (audio)
: characterized by a bizarre, fantastic, or unconventional approach
bizarro noun

Examples of bizarro in a Sentence

the cat was acting pretty bizarro this morning, and I'm worried about him a bizarro comedy that earned a cult following
Recent Examples on the Web Only in the bizarro world of higher education does a university deserve special recognition for treating grown college students as adults who can be held responsible for their actions. The Editors, National Review, 2 May 2024 The vibrant interiors penned by Design Unlimited were inspired by the bizarro 1980s movie Fitzcarraldo, by the eclectic German director Werner Herzog. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2024 Who, aghast at that spectacle, could have imagined the bizarro world that would follow? Ben McGrath, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2024 In the bizarro world of the conspiracy theorist, the 15-minute city was reimagined as a plan by shadowy elites to force us all to stay in our neighborhoods, depriving us of our freedom of movement. Peter Guest, WIRED, 26 Mar. 2024 Another transformed the website of a small-town Iowa newspaper into a bizarro repository for AI blog posts on retail stocks. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 5 Mar. 2024 The film has subsequently inspired a surprising number of memes, adding to its bizarro lore. Kevin Jacobsen,, 5 Dec. 2023 To continue our bizarro billiards metaphor, imagine that one person plays our game alone in a room for a random period of time. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 20 Sep. 2023 Why did anyone pay such attention to this bizarro Mr. Smith gone to Washington? Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2023

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Word History


extension of bizarre entry 1, probably after Bizarro, grotesque duplicate of Superman in the Superman comic-book series who inhabits a "bizarro world"

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bizarro was in 1971

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“Bizarro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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