Definitions

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

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

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  • 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

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

French, from Spanish bizarro, brave, probably from Basque bizar, beard.

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From French bizarre ("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).

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'

Comments

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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