One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar.‘outlandish, brightly colored clothes’‘the most outlandish ideas’
strange, peculiar, odd, funny, curious, offbeat, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, atypical, unusual, out of the ordinary, out of the way, extraordinaryView synonyms
- ‘But it proves that even their most outlandish ideas are underpinned by an intuitive grasp of what makes great pop.’
- ‘It sounds like a headline from a supermarket tabloid, but the idea may not be as outlandish as it first appears.’
- ‘They came to watch a bunch of people dressed in ridiculous clothes and outlandish make-up run amok in a slapstick whirlwind of escapism.’
- ‘The longer people went without answers, the more outlandish and bizarre their theories became.’
- ‘Some people bowl because it gives them a license to go out, have a drink, wear outlandish clothes, and yell.’
- ‘They do not think that victory requires outlandish luck, freakish circumstances, bizarrely compliant opposition.’
- ‘So it shouldn't be an outlandish idea that personal missions drive what we do as journalists.’
- ‘All around her, pupils are wearing the kind of outlandish clothes and hairstyles one would expect of teenagers anywhere in Europe.’
- ‘At any rate, this all seems rather bizarre and outlandish - until you realise where the bodies are buried.’
- ‘Much of it is so ridiculous, so confused and generally outlandish that it often becomes comical.’
- ‘He makes outlandish comment, uses colourful language and generally does his homework.’
- ‘Many of your more bizarre or outlandish schemes will come to fruition.’
- ‘All sorts of people were allowed to lecture, some of them with quite outlandish ideas.’
- ‘They wore outlandish clothes without fear of being laughed at by little boys on the bus.’
- ‘At every turn, there he was, drawling something even more outlandish than his previous bizarre utterances.’
- ‘No matter how outlandish your idea is, it must be accepted if it holds up experimentally.’
- ‘All ideas, no matter how outlandish, will be considered.’
- ‘The front-man has been trying to hide his thinning locks with a string of outlandish haircuts and colour treatments for years.’
- ‘Instead, their outlandish ideas were applauded, so they hit upon the notion of recording their next stunt on video.’
- ‘But what really brings it to life is its gallery of outlandish, oddball and downright terrifying characters and creatures.’
2archaic Foreign or alien.
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, curiousView synonyms
- ‘In fact, the Cossack regards the Russian peasant as a foreign, outlandish, despicable creature.’
Old English ūtlendisc ‘not native’, from ūtland ‘foreign country’.
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