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 formsout·land·ish·ly, adverbout·land·ish·ness, noun

Synonyms for outlandish

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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!

  • 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 Formsoutlandishly, adverboutlandishness, 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.

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