Someone or something bizarre is odd or unusual in appearance, style, or character. If your teacher walks into class wearing a purple boa, lime-green cowboy boots, and a scuba mask, you might comment, “How bizarre!”

Things that are bizarre often involve strange contrasts or unexpected elements. Bizarre was borrowed from French, from bizarro “angry, fierce, strange,” from Spanish, “bold, like a knight.” The Spanish word was probably influenced by Basque bizar “a beard,” since beards were taken as signs of energy and spirit. Nowadays it takes more than a beard to get you labeled as bizarre. Unpredictable behavior is often called bizarre — like when your little brother decides that he will communicate only in Pig Latin.

Definitions of bizarre
  1. adjective

    conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

    “restaurants of
    bizarre design–one like a hat, another like a rabbit”
    eccentric, flakey, flaky, freakish, freaky, gonzo, off-the-wall, outlandish, outre


    not conventional or conformist

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