Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd. See Synonyms at fantastic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. strangely unconventional in style or appearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Odd in manner or appearance; fantastic; whimsical; extravagant; grotesque.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Odd; fanciful; fantastical; whimsical; grotesque.
  • n. A variety of carnation in which the white ground-color is striped with two colors, one darker than the other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Etymologies

French, from Spanish bizarro, brave, probably from Basque bizar, beard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bizarreĀ ("odd, peculiar, bizarre, formerly headlong, angry"), from Italian bizzarro. Perhaps akin to Basque bizar, "a beard" (the notion being of bearded Spanish soldiers making a strange impression on the French). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I take exception to Frank Abate's use of the term bizarre in conjunction with the place name HumpTulips, Washington [XVIII,2].

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 4

  • Margaret Morrissey, of the pressure group Parents Aloud, said police should have informed parents in a series of meetings instead of a letter, which she described as "bizarre".

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Staff grew accustomed to what they described as his "bizarre" behaviour.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • But Hammerand urged jurors to reject what he called a "bizarre story."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Just three days before Le disappeared, Marasigan filed for a temporary restraining order against Esteban, citing what he described as her bizarre and threatening behavior against him and his family.

    The Seattle Times

  • State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said American officials were pressing Egyptian authorities the crackdown, which she described as "bizarre."

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Las Cruces Police are continuing to investigate what they call a bizarre incident that occurred Wednesday evening that included a verbal altercation, threats, an automobile crash and one man being transported to an El Paso hospital with a gunshot wound to his buttocks.

    KVIA.com - Local News

  • And what was even more surprising to Madduri was a letter he received from Southwest Airlines apologizing for what they called the bizarre incident involving the lady who caused the disruption.

    KCTV5.com - News

  • Police allege the woman, now aged 30, was drugged before being blindfolded, sexually assaulted and defrauded during what they described as a bizarre and callous series of fake prayer sessions in Sydney's west between 2001 and 2005.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News

  • The Dem's characterizing her recent behavior as "bizarre" is a cheap stunt.

    DNC reacts: Palin decision 'continues a pattern of bizarre behavior'

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  • kewpid: try gubu for four-fold effect.

    February 3, 2009

  • I used to like 'bizarre', but it appears to have been co-opted by politicians. It is a vague insult without an adequate rejoinder.

    February 2, 2009

  • my brother loves this word(ie)

    haha!

    some times spelt bizzare but that is incorrect.

    January 20, 2009