outlandish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj outlandish conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual "restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like a rabbit","famed for his eccentric spelling","a freakish combination of styles","his off-the-wall antics","the outlandish clothes of teenagers","outre and affected stage antics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jayne Mansfield decorated her "Pink Palace" by writing to 1,500 furniture and building suppliers and asking for free samples. She told the donors they could then brag that their goods were in her outlandish mansion. The pitch worked, and Jayne received over $150,000 worth of free merchandise.
    • Outlandish Deviating conspicuously from common practice; strange; freakish; bizarre; rude; barbarous; uncouth; clownish; as, an outlandish dress, behavior, or speech; -- usually used in a negative sense. "Something outlandish , unearthy, or at variance with ordinary fashion."
    • Outlandish Foreign; not native. "Him did outlandish women cause to sin.""Its barley water and its outlandish wines."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • outlandish Of or belonging to a foreign country; foreign; not native.
    • outlandish Strange; unfamiliar; odd; uncouth; barbarous; bizarre.
    • outlandish Out of the way; remote from society; secluded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Outlandish belonging to an out or foreign land: foreign: not according to custom: strange: rustic: rude: vulgar
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ūtlendisc, foreign. See Out Land, and -ish

Usage

In literature:

Poor Glass-Eye, on her side, had the most outlandish dreams.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
It is named after her mother and an outlandish lot of other names for different people.
"Margarita's Soul" by Ingraham Lovell
Who was he, this 'foreigner,' who had come from across the sea to bring in his outlandish novelties into the great scriptorium?
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
Outlandish Knight, ballad, 49.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
There was a sudden series of outlandish yells from the household.
"Flash-lights from the Seven Seas" by William L. Stidger
Some of them were just as happy-go-lucky in their seamanship, though skilful enough in handling their outlandish craft.
"Pan-Islam" by George Wyman Bury
He had been in these outlandish parts now for more than nineteen months.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
I can't get my tongue round your outlandish name, but Rosin'll do well enough for you.
"Rosin the Beau" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Or can it be simply a caprice of fashion, an outlandish fancy?
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Her paint was peculiar and her rig outlandish.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
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In poetry:

He would boast with tales outlandish,
Of his valor and renown;
And his cutlass he would brandish
With a fearful pirate frown.
"The Pirate Poodle" by Carolyn Wells
Mysie.
"We're wae to see a foreign loon,
Come over here to tak' our croun
Outlandish gibberish on his tongue
No understood by auld or young."
"What Do Ye Think o' Geordie Noo?" by Carolina Oliphant
Spendthrift of joy, his childish heart
Danced to their wild outlandish bars;
Then supperless he laid him down
That night, and slept beneath the stars.
"The Mendicants" by Bliss William Carman
I was a stranger, could not read these people
Or this outlandish deity. Did a God
Indeed in dying cross my life that day
By chance, he on his road and I on mine?
"The Killing" by Edwin Muir
Would you redeem it ? then yourself transplant
Awhile from hence. Perchance outlandish ground
Bears no more wit than ours ; but yet more scant
Are those diversions there, which here abound.
"To Sir Henry Goodyere" by John Donne
He was once a negro boy, and a merry boy was he,
Playing outlandish plays, by the tall palm tree;
Or bathing in the river, like a brisk water rat,
And at night sleeping sound, on a little bit of mat.
"The Little Negro" by Ann Taylor

In news:

A group of Mountain State University theater students known as the "Fantastic Few" spin colorful yarns — some of them funny and some of them serious, most of them outlandish and a few of them perhaps even true.
This month, ELLE challenged Leandra Medine—whose blog, The Man Repeller , is dedicated to outlandish style—to come in for a day at the office and reimagine traditional silhouettes.
(Business 2.0) – The claim sounds almost outlandish enough to be a headline on the Onion: "Satire Website Shows Profit".
Lazio Is Left to Wonder About What He Would've Said in an Outlandish Debate.
Over an eight-year rivalry, Colts vs Patriots 2009 is the most outlandish.
This month, ELLE challenged Leandra Medine—whose blog, The Man Repeller, is dedicated to outlandish style—to come in for a day at the office and reimagine traditional silhouettes.
Outlandishly dated but absolutely delightful.
Outlandish municipal salaries have focused national attention on Bell and some neighboring cites.
The outlandish comedy is coming back this fall, landing this time in a better time slot.
Ever wonder if people actually buy some of the more outlandish or pricey offerings on Gilt.com, like a $9,450 Ted Boerner Poe Sectional sofa.
Not expensive or outlandishly colorful shoes but just that church members wore shoes at all.
President Obama is said to want to skip the outlandish matching gear when he hosts the 2011 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
From replacement refs to outlandish trades and back again, NDN is recapping this years' must-see sports moments.
Model known for her outlandish Halloween costumes.
Which one of our outlandish predictions for the Homeland finale is the correct outlandish prediction.
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In science:

When put into context the small-world phenomenon does not seem outlandish.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
First, it is not outlandish to assume, in view of the increased local media attention to the issue, that public perceptions of PLs had become more negative in Oregon during 2006-2007.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
This is not so outlandish as it first appears, given robotic factories.
Possible Implications of the Quantum Theory of Gravity
Still, it is very impressive how the outlandishly small value of the neutrino mass, relative to other quark and charged lepton masses, gets mapped to the outlandishly large value of the unification scale, and how the existence of N , at first sight an embarrassment, turns out to be a blessing.
Future Summary
Given that the first burst of cluster formation does a ppear to have occurred simultaneously across both dwarf spheroidals, the Milky Way, and the LMC, this is not an outlandish suggestion.
Surface Brightness Profiles and Structural Parameters for Globular Clusters in the Fornax and Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies
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