Definition of surreal in English:

surreal

adjective

  • Having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre.

    ‘a surreal mix of fact and fantasy’
    • ‘We can honestly say it's the most surreal piece of artwork we've ever seen - but we love it!’
    • ‘The disbelief compounded a bizarre, almost surreal fortnight for the south coast club.’
    • ‘She's also an up-and-coming fiction writer with a penchant for the dark and surreal.’
    • ‘The events still seem to have an insanely surreal and improbable edge to them.’
    • ‘It's surreal, to see somebody who looks like fiction, standing there in the room.’
    • ‘It combined multiple monitors in a striking, somewhat surreal sculptural assembly.’
    • ‘Paul is manic and edgy on stage, with the occasional flash of surreal genius.’
    • ‘How we manage to exist like this, with these great surreal contrasts, is a mystery to me.’
    • ‘It was surreal and very funny - all I needed was a white cat to stroke menacingly and I was set.’
    • ‘I heard somewhere that Salvador Dali used that technique in order to dream up his surreal images.’
    • ‘His universe was a bizarre and surreal place but his writing also hinted at serious themes.’
    • ‘Dining out in Japan is a lot more diverse and surreal than it used to be.’
    • ‘This possibility was so surreal to me that I contemplated doing it just for the experience.’
    • ‘The whole episode, he says, had been so surreal he was expecting the strangest of conclusions.’
    • ‘It was strangely haunting and surreal and somehow gave the impression of being French.’
    • ‘The crazy collage of styles is here but, overall, the feel is less zany and surreal.’
    • ‘She also has a splendid surreal streak, which she doesn't get to use enough.’
    • ‘These are combined with compositions straight out of film noir at its most surreal.’
    • ‘That weird, surreal, juxtaposed image will be one that stays with me forever.’
    • ‘Decision met with a surreal mix of silence and a notable lack of complaints from anyone in a red and white shirt.’
    zany, madcap, offbeat, quirky, outlandish, eccentric, idiosyncratic, ridiculous, nonsensical, crazy, absurd, insane, far out, fantastic, bizarre, peculiar, weird, odd, strange, cranky, freakish
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Origin

1930s: back-formation from surrealism.

Pronunciation

surreal

/səˈrɪəl/