oth·​er·​world·​ly | \ ˌə-t͟hər-ˈwərl(d)-lē How to pronounce otherworldly (audio) \

Definition of otherworldly

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of a world other than the actual world
b : devoted to preparing for a world to come
2 : devoted to intellectual or imaginative pursuits

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Other Words from otherworldly

otherworldliness noun

Examples of otherworldly in a Sentence

otherworldly creatures from the deep sea a movie in which otherworldly beings live among us in a parallel universe
Recent Examples on the Web Her latest album has also earned her an otherworldly gig in Stranger Things' Upside Down thanks to a partnership between Doritos and Netflix. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 25 May 2022 She was illuminated from behind, light along her arms and around her hair giving her an otherworldly appearance. Madeleine Watts, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 The otherworldly beings may be scary for the littlest ones, who might prefer the gentleness of Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro, about a friendly troll-like being (who mostly looks like a woodland creature). Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 Lamar writes from an otherworldly place, hinting toward completion and separation from the rest of the world as a heavenly body. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 During a race run, Top Fuel machines go through otherworldly levels of stress—so much that the pistons, rings, connecting rods, and spark plugs survive for only four seconds. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2022 Nirvana's Kurt Cobain counted on his EHX Small Clone chorus pedal to add an otherworldly dimension to his grunge-defining power chords. David Meyer, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 The show, which runs through the end of May, features his signature large scale paintings that blend mundane scenes with the otherworldly and are inspired by the extraordinary things he's observed throughout a life spent on the road. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 7 May 2022 The player pausing to tune provides a neat break in the otherwise dreamy and otherworldly evening. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of otherworldly

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 May 2022

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“Otherworldly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otherworldly. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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