Definition of outlandish
1 : of or relating to another country : foreign saw many outlandish animals at the zoo
2a : strikingly out of the ordinary : bizarre an outlandish costume Her book is filled with outlandish characters. spun some outlandish talesb : exceeding proper or reasonable limits or standards workers complain of outlandish hours — Joan E. Rigdon outlandish government specifications
3 : remote from civilization no other young men foolish enough to offer to go to such an outlandish station — Geog. Jour.
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Examples of outlandish in a Sentence
She fills her books with outlandish characters.
The actress wore an outlandish dress to the awards ceremony.
Recent Examples of outlandish from the Web
Yes, that trade seems outlandish and probably won't happen.
Suddenly, a quantum nose didn't seem so outlandish.
One of America's most outlandish July Fourth traditions, the contest dates to 1972, though the company has for years promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916.
The economy wasn’t perfect: Korea’s big companies were prone to amassing too much debt and investing it in outlandish projects.
There are no outlandish foods or overly restrictive rules.
On June 25, Anonymous—or at least, someone claiming to be affiliated with the nebulous group—released a lengthy video filled with outlandish conspiracy-theory claims.
Teddy says Gerry is possessed by a demon — an outlandish claim that seems more and more reasonable as the play progresses.
However, his comment on greenhouse gases is pretty outlandish.
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Did You Know?
In olden times, English speakers used the phrase outlandish man to refer to a foreigner - or, one who came from an outland, which originally meant "a foreign land." From here, outlandish broadened in usage from a word meaning "from another land" to one describing something unfamiliar or strange. Dress was a common early target for the adjective - Henry Fielding, in Tom Jones (1749), writes of a woman who was drest in one of your outlandish Garments. Nowadays, the word can be applied to anything that strikes us as out of the ordinary, as in the description of one man’s outlandish proposal to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge with a seven-mile tunnel, from the New York Times, September 16, 2001.
First Known Use of outlandish
before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of outlandish
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Definition of outlandish for English Language Learners
: very strange or unusual : extremely different from what is normal or expected
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