- markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd: bizarre clothing; bizarre behavior.
Origin of bizarre
For a long time, it was conjectured that bizarre is of Basque origin, coming from the word bizarra, meaning “beard.” This same word supposedly passed into Spanish and Portuguese as bizarro, with the meaning “handsome” or “brave” (one imagines in the belief that a man with a beard was endowed with those qualities). From there it was thought to have been adopted by the French, who liked the word but apparently did not attribute the same heroic qualities to the bearded man. In French, bizarre means “odd.”
Recently, a more likely etymology has gained ground—rather than from Spanish, the French word is thought to have come from bizarro, an Italian word meaning “angry, choleric,” and which originally meant “brave, soldier-like.” Now, this still means that we have to get from a word meaning “angry” to one meaning “odd,” but it is, perhaps, a less bizarre journey.
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- "Good evening. I'm Mr. Mike, inviting you to come with me into a world where the bizarre is commonplace and the commonplace bizarre."-Michael O'Donoghue as Mr. Mike in the 1979 movie Mr. Mike's Mondo Video imdb.com (1979)
- "No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal."-Bill Cosby Fatherhood (1987)
Examples from the Web for bizarrely
You were the first black actor to play an English king in a major Shakespeare production, and the media treated it bizarrely.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood
October 15, 2014
His absolute snobbery is bizarrely refreshing, while the Just Like You's around him try to seem as “normal” as possible.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary
June 24, 2014
Finally and bizarrely, some of the most committable readers accuse me of being a neo-conservative or a neo-liberal or both.Les Gelb Puts Russia in Its Place—and Critics in Theirs
Leslie H. Gelb
April 2, 2014
They do bizarrely mundane things like eat cereal at a dining table.What Do We Really Know About The Walking Dead’s Eugene?
February 24, 2014
A brutal renegade Taliban militia says they interrogated, then killed, the Indian author, bizarrely claiming she was a spy.‘We Killed Sushmita Banerjee’ Says Renegade Taliban Militia
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
September 14, 2013
The color of hers was completely masked by a bizarrely spectacular overlay of designs done in semi-indelible, multi-colored dyes.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
I can't tell you how bizarrely those half-fabulous names fell from Signet's lips in the turquoise and gold of the afternoon.
To the school of mechanics to which Kirchhoff belongs, he opposes that which he bizarrely calls the school of the thread.
- odd or unusual, esp in an interesting or amusing way
Word Origin and History for bizarrely
1640s, from French bizarre "odd, fantastic" (16c.), originally "handsome, brave," perhaps from Basque bizar "a beard" (the notion being of bearded Spanish soldiers making a strange impression on the French); alternative etymology traces it to Italian bizarro "angry, fierce, irascible," from bizza "fit of anger."