bizarre

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French bizarre (odd, peculiar, bizarre, formerly headlong, angry). Either from Basque bizar, "a beard" (the notion being that bearded Spanish soldiers made a strange impression on the French) or from Italian bizzarro.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɪˈzɑː(ɹ)/, /bəˈzɑː(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /bɪˈzaɹ/, /bəˈzaɹ/

Adjective[edit]

bizarre (comparative bizarrer or more bizarre, superlative bizarrest or most bizarre)

  1. strangely unconventional in style or appearance.
    • 2011 October 22, Sam Sheringham, “Aston Villa 1 - 2 West Brom”, BBC Sport:
      West Brom enjoyed more possession as the half progressed and were handed a penalty of their own in the 21st minute in bizarre circumstances.

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The more and most forms are the most common comparative and superlative forms. While bizarrest is encountered not infrequently and is acceptable in most situations, bizarrer is rare and non-standard.

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Danish[edit]

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bizarre

  1. definite of bizar
  2. plural form of bizar

Dutch[edit]

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bizarre

  1. Inflected form of bizar

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian bizzarro.

Adjective[edit]

bizarre (masculine and feminine, plural bizarres)

  1. bizarre, odd
    Comme c'est bizarre !
  2. peculiar, quaint

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German[edit]

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bizarre

  1. inflected form of bizarr