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Lynchian, adj.

Brit. Hear pronunciation/ˈlɪn(t)ʃɪən/
U.S. Hear pronunciation/ˈlɪn(t)ʃiən/
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Origin: From a proper name, combined with an English element. Etymons: proper name Lynch  , -ian suffix.
Etymology: < the name of David Lynch (b. 1946), American film-maker + -ian suffix.

  Characteristic, reminiscent, or imitative of the films or television work of David Lynch.Lynch is noted for juxtaposing surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments, and for using compelling visual images to emphasize a dreamlike quality of mystery or menace.

1984   Cinefantastique Sept. 72/1   Eraserhead is likely to remain his most distinctive, purely Lynchian film.
1989   Independent (Nexis) 24 Nov.   There are numerous Lynchian touches in the pilot: traffic lights bizarrely suspended in the dark; a stuffed deer's head lying on a table in the foreground of a bank; the empty school corridor echoing to the headmaster's choked announcement of Laura's death over the Tannoy.
2002   Times 2 Jan. ii. 19/1   Now critics are hailing this dreamlike film noir fable as a return to the vintage Lynchian weirdness of Blue Velvet and prime-time Twin Peaks.
2012   J. Nieland D. Lynch 39   A recurring Lynchian design fetish, these curtains echo the deep blue ones adorning the Slow Club stage.

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This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, September 2018; most recently modified version published online March 2022).