Idioms for out

Origin of out

before 900; (adv.) Middle English; Old English ūt; cognate with Dutch uit, German aus, Old Norse, Gothic ūt; akin to Sanskrit ud-; (adj., interjection, and preposition) Middle English, from the adv.; (v.) Middle English outen, Old English ūtian to put out, cognate with Old Frisian ūtia

Definition for out (2 of 2)


a prefixal use of out, adv., occurring in various senses in compounds (outcast, outcome, outside), and serving also to form many transitive verbs denoting a going beyond, surpassing, or outdoing in the particular action indicated (outbid, outdo, outgeneral, outlast, outstay, outrate).

Origin of out-

Middle English; Old English ūt-; see out

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British Dictionary definitions for out (1 of 2)

Word Origin for out

Old English ūt; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse ūt, Old High German ūz, German aus

usage for out

The use of out as a preposition, though common in American English, is regarded as incorrect in British English: he climbed out of (not out) a window; he went out through the door

British Dictionary definitions for out (2 of 2)



excelling or surpassing in a particular action outlast; outlive
indicating an external location or situation away from the centre outpost; outpatient
indicating emergence, an issuing forth, etc outcrop; outgrowth
indicating the result of an action outcome

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