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outlandish

[out-lan-dish] /aʊtˈlæn dɪʃ/
adjective
1.
freakishly or grotesquely strange or odd, as appearance, dress, objects, ideas, or practices; bizarre:
outlandish clothes; outlandish questions.
2.
having a foreign appearance.
3.
remote from civilized areas; out-of the-way:
an outlandish settlement.
4.
Archaic. foreign; alien.
Origin of outlandish
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ūtlendisc. See outland, -ish1
Related forms
outlandishly, adverb
outlandishness, noun
Synonyms
1. peculiar, queer, eccentric, curious. 3. backwoods, isolated.
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  • An outlandish appearance, sure to excite observation, is thus avoided.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • 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 Henry Hasse
  • He loves to hear tell of or to be shown something that he calls 'outlandish.'

    Amy Foster Joseph Conrad
  • He was barefooted, and looking as outlandish as the heart of Swaffer could desire.

    Amy Foster Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for outlandish

outlandish

/aʊtˈlændɪʃ/
adjective
1.
grotesquely unconventional in appearance, habits, etc
2.
(archaic) foreign
Derived Forms
outlandishly, adverb
outlandishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outlandish
adj.

Old English utlendisc "of a foreign country, not native," from utland "foreign land," literally "outland" (see out + land (n.)) + -ish. Sense of "unfamiliar, strange, odd, bizarre" (such as the customs of foreigners may seem to natives) is attested from 1590s.

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