[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. outing flannel,
  2. outjockey,
  3. outlaid,
  4. outland,
  5. outlander,
  6. outlast,
  7. outlaw,
  8. outlaw strike,
  9. outlawry,
  10. outlay

Origin of outlandish

before 1000; Middle English; Old English ūtlendisc. See outland, -ish1

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

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British Dictionary definitions for outlandish


/ (aʊtˈlændɪʃ) /


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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