out-worldly adj.

from an outworld n.; foreign, unusual

  • 1934 H. Bates Matter of Size in Astounding Stories Apr. 41/2 page image Harry Bates bibliography

    Who was the out-worldly stranger?

  • 1957 E. R. James Fourth Species in New World Science Fiction May 69 page image

    The free lizard charged up the steps. He kicked at it but his reactions were too slowed by his fears… Gerry suddenly realized the absolute futility of flight, and waited, fascinated by the outworldly thing.

  • 1979 R. Silberberg Lord Valentine's Castle in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 48/1 page image Robert Silverberg bibliography

    Three orchestras of strange outworldly instruments, tuning up in bizarre discord.

  • 1999 L. T. Kepner Fat Guys in Space Absolute Magnitude Science Fiction Summer 48/2 page image Linda Tiernan Kepner bibliography

    They saw three truly outworldly figures: men in drooping, outsize clothes, waking with little difficulty despite the weeks in space.

Research requirements

antedating 1934

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from Harry Bates' "A Matter of Size"; Alistair Durie verified this in its 1934 first publication.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a range of additional cites.

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