- freakishly or grotesquely strange or odd, as appearance, dress, objects, ideas, or practices; bizarre: outlandish clothes; outlandish questions.
- having a foreign appearance.
- remote from civilized areas; out-of the-way: an outlandish settlement.
- Archaic. foreign; alien.
Origin of outlandish
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1. peculiar, queer, eccentric, curious. 3. backwoods, isolated.
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Examples from the Web for outlandish
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Speaking of which, the Scots are ideal in the matter of outlandish native costume.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster
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The movie was aggressively fun, and, despite its sci-fi setting and outlandish plot, somehow relatable.Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt Is the Everydude Superhero
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Kevin: Yes, at least a Hustle win in Best Picture would be a change of pace as far as outlandish wins go for the Academy.The Worst Oscar Winners, From ‘Rocky’ and ‘Crash’ to Gwyneth Paltrow
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Glenn Beck admits his divisive language and outlandish conspiracy theories may have played a role in tearing the country apart.Glenn Beck and Other ‘Too Little, Too Late’ Apologies
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An outlandish appearance, sure to excite observation, is thus avoided.The Roof of France
But why in the world do you go to such an outlandish place as that three times?Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Just the same, I fail to see what's to be gained by these outlandish methods!We're Friends, Now
He loves to hear tell of or to be shown something that he calls 'outlandish.'
He was barefooted, and looking as outlandish as the heart of Swaffer could desire.
- grotesquely unconventional in appearance, habits, etc
- archaic foreign
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Word Origin and History for outlandish
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