Definition of outlandish in English:



  • 1Looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar.

    ‘outlandish, brightly coloured clothes’
    • ‘At every turn, there he was, drawling something even more outlandish than his previous bizarre utterances.’
    • ‘Some people bowl because it gives them a license to go out, have a drink, wear outlandish clothes, and yell.’
    • ‘All sorts of people were allowed to lecture, some of them with quite outlandish ideas.’
    • ‘Much of it is so ridiculous, so confused and generally outlandish that it often becomes comical.’
    • ‘All around her, pupils are wearing the kind of outlandish clothes and hairstyles one would expect of teenagers anywhere in Europe.’
    • ‘They do not think that victory requires outlandish luck, freakish circumstances, bizarrely compliant opposition.’
    • ‘They wore outlandish clothes without fear of being laughed at by little boys on the bus.’
    • ‘It sounds like a headline from a supermarket tabloid, but the idea may not be as outlandish as it first appears.’
    • ‘He makes outlandish comment, uses colourful language and generally does his homework.’
    • ‘So it shouldn't be an outlandish idea that personal missions drive what we do as journalists.’
    • ‘They came to watch a bunch of people dressed in ridiculous clothes and outlandish make-up run amok in a slapstick whirlwind of escapism.’
    • ‘All ideas, no matter how outlandish, will be considered.’
    • ‘The longer people went without answers, the more outlandish and bizarre their theories became.’
    • ‘Instead, their outlandish ideas were applauded, so they hit upon the notion of recording their next stunt on video.’
    • ‘At any rate, this all seems rather bizarre and outlandish - until you realise where the bodies are buried.’
    • ‘Many of your more bizarre or outlandish schemes will come to fruition.’
    • ‘But it proves that even their most outlandish ideas are underpinned by an intuitive grasp of what makes great pop.’
    • ‘But what really brings it to life is its gallery of outlandish, oddball and downright terrifying characters and creatures.’
    • ‘The front-man has been trying to hide his thinning locks with a string of outlandish haircuts and colour treatments for years.’
    • ‘No matter how outlandish your idea is, it must be accepted if it holds up experimentally.’
    strange, peculiar, odd, funny, curious, offbeat, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, unusual, out of the ordinary, out of the way, extraordinary
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  • 2archaic Foreign or alien.

    ‘three wise, outlandish kings’
    • ‘In fact, the Cossack regards the Russian peasant as a foreign, outlandish, despicable creature.’
    weird, queer, offbeat, far out, freakish, grotesque, quirky, zany, eccentric, off-centre, idiosyncratic, unconventional, unorthodox, funny, bizarre, fantastic, unusual, extraordinary, strange, unfamiliar, unknown, unheard of, alien, foreign, peculiar, odd, curious
    atypical, irregular, anomalous, deviant, abnormal, quaint, out of the way, ludicrous, preposterous
    way-out, wacky, freaky, kooky, screwy, kinky, oddball, cranky
    off the wall, in left field, bizarro
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Old English ūtlendisc ‘not native’, from ūtland ‘foreign country’.