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

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.
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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


French, from Italian bizzarro


noun derivative of bizarre entry 1

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“Bizarre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bizarre


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

Kids Definition of bizarre

: very strange or odd

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