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adjective out·land·ish \ˌau̇t-ˈlan-dish\

Simple Definition of outlandish

  • : very strange or unusual : extremely different from what is normal or expected

Full Definition of outlandish

  1. 1 :  of or relating to another country :  foreign

  2. 2 a :  strikingly out of the ordinary :  bizarre <an outlandish costume> b :  exceeding proper or reasonable limits or standards

  3. 3 :  remote from civilization

out·land·ish·ly adverb
out·land·ish·ness noun

Examples of outlandish

  1. She fills her books with outlandish characters.

  2. The actress wore an outlandish dress to the awards ceremony.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of outlandish

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of outlandish

strange, singular, unique, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, odd, quaint, outlandish mean departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected. strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable <a journey filled with strange sights>. singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness <a singular feeling of impending disaster>. unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel <a career unique in the annals of science>. peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness <the peculiar status of America's first lady>. eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior <the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers>. erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating <a friend's suddenly erratic behavior>. odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected <an odd sense of humor>. quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness <a quaint fishing village>. outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric <outlandish fashions of the time>.

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