from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Conspicuously unconventional; bizarre. See Synonyms at strange.
  • adj. Strikingly unfamiliar.
  • adj. Located far from civilized areas.
  • adj. Archaic Of foreign origin; not native.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. bizarre, strange
  • adj. foreign, alien

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Foreign; not native.
  • adj. Deviating conspicuously from common practice; strange; freakish; bizarre; rude; barbarous; uncouth; clownish; ; -- usually used in a negative sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to a foreign country; foreign; not native.
  • Strange; unfamiliar; odd; uncouth; barbarous; bizarre.
  • Out of the way; remote from society; secluded.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual


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Old English utlendisc, from ūtland ("foreign land, land abroad") (English outland). Sense of “bizarre” from 1590s. Surface analysis outland +‎ -ish.



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  • I used outlandish in my Tumblr oldbutnotdotty to comment on the feminine of rodman (work designation of a land surveyor's helper). I was surprised to find that it came down from Old English almost unchanged - utlendisc (see above)

    October 17, 2013