Definition of bizarre in US English:

bizarre

adjective

  • Very strange or unusual, especially so as to cause interest or amusement.

    ‘her bizarre dresses and outrageous hairdos’
    • ‘Being pictured as he was might be a bizarre situation but it's par for the course.’
    • ‘It was a bizarre build up to the goal as again the weather heavily influenced the play.’
    • ‘Shocked by what she heard, she returned home and told her husband of the bizarre encounter.’
    • ‘It's truly bizarre how different people think about similar things at the same time.’
    • ‘It's the fact that he is so bizarre that allows many to conclude that he really isn't doing anything.’
    • ‘His decision to tackle a bizarre range of characters is unusual for someone of his stature.’
    • ‘For a play involving such grotesque and bizarre subject matter, it sure got a lot of laughs!’
    • ‘If the situation appears bizarre at times, it is as if the whole world has gone mad.’
    • ‘His universe was a bizarre and surreal place but his writing also hinted at serious themes.’
    • ‘Yet it is the bizarre, unexpected moments in life that are the ones we remember.’
    • ‘In the midst of this confessional, parts of his explanation became quite bizarre.’
    • ‘No doubt we will hear more about this story in the days to come because it is so very bizarre.’
    • ‘You might well be puzzled by this bizarre attempt to create a difference where none exists.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, one of those bizarre little coincidence things happened to me yesterday.’
    • ‘This is a bizarre situation, especially in comparison with the rules of the sea.’
    • ‘It is quite bizarre that we have failed to give the same attention to the food sector.’
    • ‘The bizarre exhibition includes a display of British padlocks and some prison menus.’
    • ‘A few miles to the east, up a steep valley, are a collection of bizarre rock formations.’
    • ‘They were each asked to submit the most bizarre reasons why people wanted to hand over animals to them.’
    • ‘An already enthralling case took a bizarre turn when Anderson entered the witness box.’
    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
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from French, from Italian bizzarro ‘angry’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bizarre

/bəˈzɑr//bəˈzär/