From Middle English outlandisch, from Old English ūtlendisċ, from Proto-Germanic *ūtlandiskaz. Related to utland (English outland). Sense of “bizarre” from 1590s. Surface analysis outland + -ish. Cognate to German ausländisch, dated Dutch uitlands (now buitenlands), Swedish utländsk, “foreign, non-domestic”, Danish udenlandsk, all “foreign, non-domestic”.
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