Definition of surreal in English:



  • Having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre.

    ‘a surreal mix of fact and fantasy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Decision met with a surreal mix of silence and a notable lack of complaints from anyone in a red and white shirt.’
    • ‘We can honestly say it's the most surreal piece of artwork we've ever seen - but we love it!’
    • ‘She's also an up-and-coming fiction writer with a penchant for the dark and surreal.’
    • ‘It combined multiple monitors in a striking, somewhat surreal sculptural assembly.’
    • ‘That weird, surreal, juxtaposed image will be one that stays with me forever.’
    • ‘These are combined with compositions straight out of film noir at its most surreal.’
    • ‘This possibility was so surreal to me that I contemplated doing it just for the experience.’
    • ‘It's surreal, to see somebody who looks like fiction, standing there in the room.’
    • ‘The disbelief compounded a bizarre, almost surreal fortnight for the south coast club.’
    • ‘His universe was a bizarre and surreal place but his writing also hinted at serious themes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The whole episode, he says, had been so surreal he was expecting the strangest of conclusions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She also has a splendid surreal streak, which she doesn't get to use enough.’
    • ‘The events still seem to have an insanely surreal and improbable edge to them.’
    • ‘Dining out in Japan is a lot more diverse and surreal than it used to be.’
    zany, madcap, offbeat, quirky, outlandish, eccentric, idiosyncratic, surreal, ridiculous, nonsensical, crazy, absurd, insane, far out, fantastic, bizarre, peculiar, weird, odd, strange, cranky, freakish
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1930s: back-formation from surrealism.