Definition of outlandish in English:

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Pronunciation: /aʊtˈlandɪʃ/


1Looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar: outlandish, brightly coloured clothes
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  • 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.
  • At any rate, this all seems rather bizarre and outlandish - until you realise where the bodies are buried.
2 archaic Foreign or alien: three wise, outlandish kings
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  • 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;
French outré
informal way-out, wacky, freaky, kooky, screwy, kinky, oddball, cranky
North American informal off the wall, in left field, bizarro
dated singular



Pronunciation: /aʊtˈlandɪʃ(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • The solos, while clearly demonstrating proficiency and accomplishment on the various instruments, were not outlandishly virtuoustic (as one often finds with emerging jazz groups trying to consolidate their place on the scene).
  • Said hedge fund manager offered the hoariest excuse known to man for doing a merger: because you want to gain control of an asset whose owner is charging outlandishly high rents.
  • Strange as they look and outlandishly as they may behave, they won't bite, usually.


Pronunciation: /aʊtˈlandɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • It was the outlandishness of some of the requests.
  • Her first zine, from which the collection takes its title, presents a young girl's most embarrassing memories, which steadily build in outlandishness.
  • It's all there, in its laughable outlandishness.


Old English ūtlendisc 'not native', from ūtland 'foreign country'.

Words that rhyme with outlandish

blandish, brandish, Standish

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