From Middle English outlandisch, from Old English ūtlendisċ, from Proto-Germanic *ūtlandiskaz. Related to ūtland (“foreign land, land abroad”) (English outland). Sense of “bizarre” from 1590s. Surface analysis outland + -ish. Cognate to German ausländisch, dated Dutch uitlands (now buitenlands), Swedish utländsk, all “foreign, non-domestic”.
- bizarre, strange
- The rock star wore black with outlandish pink and green spiked hair.
- 1961 July, “Talking of Trains: The Marylebone exhibition”, in Trains Illustrated, page 388:
- Except for an eye-catching sky-blue container boldly and attractively featuring the B.T.C.'s "door-to-door" arrow symbol [...], there were no outlandish colour schemes or lettering styles.
- (archaic) foreign, alien