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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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  • Juries award outlandish damages in libel and other legal actions.
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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.

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