Full record for offworlder n.

Definition a person or being from another planet; an alien
OED requirements antedating 1957
Earliest cite A. Norton 'Star Born'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1967 cite from Larry Niven's "Flatlander". Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1984 reprint of Andre Norton's "Star Born"; we would like to check the 1957 first edition. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Frank Herbert's "Dune"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1965 first magazine appearance. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Harry Harrison's "Deathworld"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1960 first magazine appearance.

Added to the OED in March 2004 with an earliest date of 1957.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for offworlder n.

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1957 ‘A. Norton’ Star Born (1984) 218 It might be easy, now that he had established mental contact with this off-worlder, for the other to pick up a thought as vivid as that.
1960 H. Harrison Deathworld in Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 131/2 You are from off-world, that I know. No junkman would have lifted a finger to save my life. You are the first off-worlder my people have ever known and for that you are doubly welcome.
1962 C. Smith Ballad of Lost C'mell in T. Shippey Oxf. Bk. Sci. Fiction (1992) 319 Maybe the offworlder tried.
1966 J. Baxter Off-Worlders (title) The Off-Worlders.
1967 L. Niven in If Mar. 81/2 She looked startled. ‘Oh! You're an offworlder‥. Look, you can't go around town with an offworldder's [sic] wallet.’
1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) i.2 The aliens, the off-worlders, stayed hiding in their ship.
1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 161 She worked in the library, writing out a master contract to allow off-worlders to trade in Matuko.
1978 V. N. McIntyre Dreamsnake (1979) ii. 46 It was the place the offworlders sometimes landed.
1982 M. Bradley Winds of Darkover 116 In the Dry towns any stranger walked with his life in his hands. An off-worlder could not have maintained safety for a single day.
1984 M. Bradley World Wreckers 42 Forgive me, I have lived long among offworlders and I keep my barriers up without realizing it.
1986 D. Carey Battlestations! v. 68 Off-worlders could understand enough about them to respect them at a little less distance.
1988 A. C. Clarke 2061: Odyssey Three 162 Too clannish—not really friendly to offworlders.
1991 Locus Sept. 15/1 There is Tiamat, home to the Snow Queen and her successor/clone Moon, a primitive planet whose isolation is broken for a time in each century when the offworlders return.
1992 P. David Imzadi xiii. 97 Weddings are always done out loud, in consideration of any offworlders who might be in the audience.
1995 D. M. Flinn Fearful Summons 52 He ran his eye over a number of offworlders.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper i. xvii. 221 You're offworlders.
2001 Locus June 35/2 The colonists have legends of ships arriving, and offworlders turn up eventually.
2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star iv. 102 He was impressed, for the bag was large and obviously heavy. But despite the clumsy way she carried it, she could lift it easily. She was strong. All offworlders were strong, he knew that.