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 tales>b : 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.>
Examples of outlandish in a sentence
She fills her books with outlandish characters.
The actress wore an outlandish dress to the awards ceremony.
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.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of outlandish
before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of outlandish
OUTLANDISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of outlandish for English Language Learners
: very strange or unusual : extremely different from what is normal or expected
OUTLANDISH Defined for Kids
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