bizarre

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed 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.

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

  1. strangely unconventional in style or appearance.
    • 2011 October 22, Sam Sheringham, “Aston Villa 1 - 2 West Brom”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      West Brom enjoyed more possession as the half progressed and were handed a penalty of their own in the 21st minute in bizarre circumstances.
    • 2019 September 6, Jordan Weissman, “How Not to Fight Anti-Semitism”, in Slate[2]:
      Unfortunately, she has used the attack as a launch pad for a bizarre and undercooked exercise in rhetorical bothsidesism, in which she argues that American Jews should be just as worried about college students who overzealously criticize Israel as they are about the aspiring Einsatzgruppen who shoot up shuls.

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  • The compared forms with more and most are predominant. The alternative superlative bizarrest is fairly common, whereas the comparative bizarrer is very rare.

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bizarre

  1. definite of bizar
  2. plural of bizar

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bizarre

  1. Inflected form of bizar

FrenchEdit

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From Italian bizzarro.

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bizarre (plural bizarres)

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

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bizarre

  1. inflection of bizarr:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

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bizarre (comparative plus bizarre, superlative le plus bizarre)

  1. bizarre