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[out-lan-dish] /aʊtˈlæn dɪʃ/
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
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ūtlendisc. See outland, -ish1
Related forms
outlandishly, adverb
outlandishness, noun
1. peculiar, queer, eccentric, curious. 3. backwoods, isolated. Unabridged
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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


grotesquely unconventional in appearance, habits, etc
(archaic) foreign
Derived Forms
outlandishly, adverb
outlandishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outlandish

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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