Outlandishness

outlandish

[out-lan-dish]
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:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ūtlendisc. See outland, -ish1

outlandishly, adverb
outlandishness, noun


1. peculiar, queer, eccentric, curious. 3. backwoods, isolated.
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outlandish (aʊtˈlændɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  grotesquely unconventional in appearance, habits, etc
2.  archaic foreign
 
out'landishly
 
adv
 
out'landishness
 
n

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outlandish
O.E. utlendisc "of a foreign country," from utland "foreign land," lit. "outland" (see out + land). Sense of "unfamiliar, strange, odd, bizarre" (such as the customs of foreigners may seem to natives) is attested from 1596. Outlander in S.African Eng. had a specific sense of
"not of Boer birth" (1892) and was a loan-transl. of S.African Du. uitlander.
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