A little girl playing out in her yard.
- The definition of out is something beyond the set limit or boundary.
An example of out is a baseball hit over the fence or the field.
- Out means someone who is openly gay.
An example of out is Ellen DeGeneres.
- Out is defined as away, in the open, into existence, visible or clearly.
- An example of out is having a date, to go out.
- An example of out is going to the park to play, to be out in the park.
- An example of out is leaving one room to another, to go out of the room.
- away from, forth from, or removed from a place, position, or situation: they live ten miles out
- away from home: to go out for dinner
- away from shore
- on strike
- into or in the open air: come out and play
- into or in existence or activity: disease broke out
- to a conclusion or result: argue it out
- completely, fully, or to the point of exhaustion: tired out, dry out
- in full bloom, or in leaf
- into sight or notice: the moon came out
- into or in circulation: to put out a new style
- into or in society: debutantes who come out
- from existence, operation, or activity: fade out, burn out, die out
- away from one's work or usual activity: take time out from one's busy day
- so as to remove from power or office: vote them out
- forcefully; aloud: sing out, speak out
- beyond a regular or normal surface, condition, or position: stand out, eke out, lengthen out
- away from the interior, center, or midst [spread out, reach out, branch out]: sometimes implying sharing or dividing [deal out, sort out]
- from one state, as of composure, harmony, or agreement, into another, as of annoyance, discord, or disagreement: to feel put out; friends may fall out
- into or in disuse, discard, or obsolescence: long skirts went out
- from a number, group, or stock: pick out
- Slang into or in unconsciousness: to pass out
- Baseball in a manner that results in an out: to fly out
Origin of outMiddle English from Old English ut, akin to Old Norse út, German aus from Indo-European base an unverified form ud-, up, up away from source Sanskrit úd-, Classical Latin us(que)
- external: usually in comb. [outpost, outfield]
- beyond regular limits
- outlying; remote
- going or directed outward: an out flight
- away from work, school, etc.: out because of sickness
- bared because of torn clothing, etc.: out at the elbow
- deviating from what is accurate or right: out in one's estimates
- not in effective use, operation, etc.
- turned off; extinguished
- not to be considered; not possible
- trying or determined: followed by an infinitive: he's out to humiliate me
- in disagreement; at variance
- that is not successful or in power
- deliberating in order to reach a verdict: the jury is still out
- Informal having suffered a financial loss: out fifty dollars
- Informal no longer popular, fashionable, etc.; outmoded
- Informal publicly identified as being homosexual
- Baseball failing or having failed to get on base
- out of; through to the outside: he walked out the door
- along, and away from a central location or some other point of departure: to drive out a country road
- Old Poet. forth from: usually preceded by the preposition from used without a distinct meaning or syntactic function: a rousing cry from out the trumpet's throat
- something that is out
- a person, group, etc. that is not in power, in office, or in a favored position: usually used in pl.
- Slang a way out; means of avoiding something; excuse
- Baseball the failure of a batter or runner to reach base safely
- the omission of a word or words
- the word or words omitted
- Racket Sports a service or return that lands out of bounds
- Now Chiefly Dial. to put out
- to identify publicly as a homosexual (a person not previously so identified)
- to otherwise publicly reveal information about (someone) that has been kept private or secret: a press story that outs an undercover agent
- get out; go away; begone
- communication completed: term used in radio communication
on the outs
out and about
out and away
out and out
out from under
- from inside of
- from the number of
- past the boundaries or scope of; beyond
- from (material, etc.): made out of stone
- because of; for the purpose of: out of spite, to make conversation out of politeness
- given birth by: said of animals
- not in possession of; having no: out of money, out of gas
- not in a condition: out of order, out of focus
- so as to deprive or be deprived of: cheat out of money
out of itSlang
- not sophisticated, fashionable, etc.; not hip, with-it, etc.
- in a diminished or impaired mental state; specif., confused, intoxicated, unconscious, etc.
out one's way
out on one's feet
- dazed or stunned, but still standing: said esp. of a boxer
- completely exhausted
- Informal available or in existence: there are lots of good colleges out there
- Slang odd, eccentric, etc.
out with it!
- situated at or coming from a point away, outside, external: outbuilding, outpatient
- going away or forth, outward: outbound
- better, greater, or more than: used to form verbs from verbs, adjectives, or certain nouns naming persons, actors, or agents [outdo, outsell, outsmart, outgeneral, out-Herod]: a frequent usage in such self-explanatory terms as the following:
Origin of out-from out
- In a direction away from the inside: went out to hail a taxi.
- Away from the center or middle: The troops fanned out.
- a. Away from a usual place: stepped out for a drink of water; went out for the evening.b. Out of normal position: threw his back out.c. Out-of-bounds.
- a. From inside a building or shelter into the open air; outside: The boy went out to play.b. In the open air; outside: Is it snowing out?
- a. From within a container or source: drained the water out.b. From among others: picked out the thief in the crowd.
- a. To exhaustion or depletion: The supplies have run out.b. Into extinction or imperceptibility: The fire has gone out.c. To a finish or conclusion: Play the game out.d. To the fullest extent or degree; thoroughly: all decked out for the dance; painted out the wall.e. In or into competition or directed effort: went out for the basketball team; was out to win.
- In or into a state of unconsciousness: The drug put him out for two hours.
- a. Into being or evident existence: The new car models have come out.b. Into public circulation: The paper came out early today.
- Into view: The moon came out.
- Without inhibition; boldly: Speak out.
- Into possession of another or others; into distribution: giving out free passes.
- a. Into disuse or an unfashionable status: Narrow ties have gone out.b. Into a state of deprivation or loss: voted the incompetent governor out.
- In the time following; afterward: “to gauge economic conditions six months out” ( Christian Science Monitor )
- Abbr. O Baseball So as to be retired, or counted as an out: He grounded out to the shortstop.
- On strike: The auto workers went out when management refused to reduce outsourcing.
- Exterior; external: the out surface of a ship's hull.
- Directed away from a place or center; outgoing: the out doorway.
- Traveling or landing out-of-bounds.
- a. Not operating or operational: The power has been out for a week.b. Extinguished: The lights were out next door.
- Unconscious: was out for an hour during surgery.
- Not to be considered or permitted: A taxi is out, because we don't have enough money. From now on, eating candy before dinner is out.
- No longer fashionable.
- No longer possessing or supplied with something: I can't offer you coffee because we're out.
- Informal Openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual: an out performer.
- Baseball Not allowed to continue to bat or run; retired.
- Forth from; through: He fell out the window.
- Beyond or outside of: Out this door is the garage.
- Within the area of: The house has a garden out back.
- One that is out, especially one who is out of power.
- Informal A means of escape: The window was my only out.
- Baseball a. A play in which a batter or base runner is retired.b. The player retired in such a play.
- Sports A serve or return that falls out of bounds in a court game.
- Printing A word or other part of a manuscript omitted from the printed copy.
verbout·ed, out·ing, outs
- Sports To send (a tennis ball, for example) outside the court or playing area.
- a. To expose (someone considered to be heterosexual) as being gay, lesbian, or bisexual.b. To expose (someone) as doing something secret or immoral: outed the shopkeeper as a spy; outed his classmate as a cheater.
- Chiefly British To knock unconscious.
Origin of outMiddle English from Old English ūt ; see ud- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of out-From out
(comparative more out, superlative most out)
- Away from home or one's usual place, or not indoors.
- Let's eat out tonight
- Leave a message with my secretary if I'm out when you call.
- Away from; at a distance.
- Keep out!
- Away from the inside or the centre.
- The magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
- Into a state of non-operation; into non-existence.
- Switch the lights out.
- Put the fire out.
- To the end; completely.
- I hadn't finished. Hear me out.
- Used to intensify or emphasize.
- The place was all decked out for the holidays.
- (cricket, baseball) Of a player, disqualified from playing further by some action of a member of the opposing team (such as being stumped in cricket).
- A means of exit, escape, reprieve, etc.
- They wrote the law to give those organizations an out.
- (baseball) A state in which a member of the batting team is removed from play due to the application of various rules of the game such as striking out, hitting a fly ball which is caught by the fielding team before bouncing, etc.
- (cricket) A dismissal; a state in which a member of the batting team finishes his turn at bat, due to the application of various rules of the game such as hit wicket, wherein the bowler has hit the batsman's wicket with the ball.
- (poker) A card which can make a hand a winner.
- (dated) A trip out; an outing.
- (chiefly in the plural) One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out of office.
- A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner; an angle projecting outward; an open space.
- (printing, dated) A word or words omitted by the compositor in setting up copy; an omission.
(third-person singular simple present outs, present participle outing, simple past and past participle outed)
- released, available for purchase, download or other use
- Did you hear? Their newest CD is out!
- (cricket, baseball) Of a batter or batsman, having caused an out called on himself while batting under various rules of the game.
- Openly acknowledging one's homosexuality.
- It's no big deal to be out in the entertainment business.
- In cricket, the specific cause or rule under which a batsman is out appears after the word "out", eg, "out hit the ball twice".
- In baseball, the cause is expressed as a verb with adverbial "out", eg, "he grounded out".
From Middle English ut-, from Old English Å«t- (“out, without, outside") (also as Å«ta-, Å«tan- (“from or on the outside, without"), as in Å«tanweard (“outward, external")), from Proto-Germanic *Å«t- (“out-"). Cognate with Dutch uit-, German aus-, Swedish ut-, Icelandic Ãºt-. More at out.