Definition of bizarre in US English:



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

    ‘her bizarre dresses and outrageous hairdos’
    • ‘If the situation appears bizarre at times, it is as if the whole world has gone mad.’
    • ‘An already enthralling case took a bizarre turn when Anderson entered the witness box.’
    • ‘His universe was a bizarre and surreal place but his writing also hinted at serious themes.’
    • ‘His decision to tackle a bizarre range of characters is unusual for someone of his stature.’
    • ‘No doubt we will hear more about this story in the days to come because it is so very bizarre.’
    • ‘Being pictured as he was might be a bizarre situation but it's par for the course.’
    • ‘For a play involving such grotesque and bizarre subject matter, it sure got a lot of laughs!’
    • ‘It's truly bizarre how different people think about similar things at the same time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shocked by what she heard, she returned home and told her husband of the bizarre encounter.’
    • ‘It was a bizarre build up to the goal as again the weather heavily influenced the play.’
    • ‘It is quite bizarre that we have failed to give the same attention to the food sector.’
    • ‘They were each asked to submit the most bizarre reasons why people wanted to hand over animals to them.’
    • ‘In the midst of this confessional, parts of his explanation became quite bizarre.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, one of those bizarre little coincidence things happened to me yesterday.’
    • ‘You might well be puzzled by this bizarre attempt to create a difference where none exists.’
    • ‘It's the fact that he is so bizarre that allows many to conclude that he really isn't doing anything.’
    • ‘Yet it is the bizarre, unexpected moments in life that are the ones we remember.’
    • ‘A few miles to the east, up a steep valley, are a collection of bizarre rock formations.’
    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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Mid 17th century: from French, from Italian bizzarro ‘angry’, of unknown origin.