Definition of bizarre in English:



  • Very strange or unusual.

    ‘a bizarre situation’
    ‘his behaviour became more and more bizarre’
    • ‘If the situation appears bizarre at times, it is as if the whole world has gone mad.’
    • ‘In the midst of this confessional, parts of his explanation became quite bizarre.’
    • ‘They were each asked to submit the most bizarre reasons why people wanted to hand over animals to them.’
    • ‘A few miles to the east, up a steep valley, are a collection of bizarre rock formations.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, one of those bizarre little coincidence things happened to me yesterday.’
    • ‘His decision to tackle a bizarre range of characters is unusual for someone of his stature.’
    • ‘This is a bizarre situation, especially in comparison with the rules of the sea.’
    • ‘The bizarre exhibition includes a display of British padlocks and some prison menus.’
    • ‘It's the fact that he is so bizarre that allows many to conclude that he really isn't doing anything.’
    • ‘It was a bizarre build up to the goal as again the weather heavily influenced the play.’
    • ‘It's truly bizarre how different people think about similar things at the same time.’
    • ‘Being pictured as he was might be a bizarre situation but it's par for the course.’
    • ‘No doubt we will hear more about this story in the days to come because it is so very bizarre.’
    • ‘It is quite bizarre that we have failed to give the same attention to the food sector.’
    • ‘His universe was a bizarre and surreal place but his writing also hinted at serious themes.’
    • ‘An already enthralling case took a bizarre turn when Anderson entered the witness box.’
    • ‘Shocked by what she heard, she returned home and told her husband of the bizarre encounter.’
    • ‘You might well be puzzled by this bizarre attempt to create a difference where none exists.’
    • ‘For a play involving such grotesque and bizarre subject matter, it sure got a lot of laughs!’
    • ‘Yet it is the bizarre, unexpected moments in life that are the ones we remember.’
    strange, peculiar, odd, funny, curious, offbeat, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, unusual, out of the ordinary, out of the way, extraordinary
    fantastic, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, inexplicable, incongruous, irregular, singular, ludicrous, comical, ridiculous, droll, deviant, aberrant, grotesque, freak, freakish, surreal
    weird, wacky, oddball, way out, freaky, off the wall
    wacko, bizarro
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Mid 17th century: from French, from Italian bizzarro angry, of unknown origin.