- The definition of out of the way refers to someplace that is not conveniently located, that is not located near the action or that is off the beaten path.
- An example of out of the way is a small restaurant half hour outside the city that you love because it is undiscovered.
- An example of out of the way is when your son asks you to take him to a comic book store an hour from your home to which you don't feel like going.
- An example of out of the way is when you have to deviate from your errands and drive five minutes in the opposite direction because you forgot something.
out-of-the-way definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- not near a frequented road or populous place; secluded
- not common; unusual
- not conventional or proper
out-of-the-way definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Being in a remote or secluded location: a quiet, out-of-the-way resort.
- Being out of the ordinary; unusual: out-of-the-way memorabilia.
- Improper; offensive: out-of-the-way remarks.
out-of-the-way - Phrases/Idioms
Not obstructing, hindering, or interfering, as in This chair is out of the way now, so you won't trip. This phrase also appears in get out of the (or one's) way, as in Would you please get your coat out of the way? or Get your car out of my way. [Mid-1500s]
Taken care of, disposed of, as in I'm glad we got these details out of the way.
In a remote location, as in This restaurant is a little out of the way. [Mid-1300s]
Unusual, remarkable, as in It was out of the way for him to praise his staff. [Second half of 1500s]
Amiss, in error, improper, as in The security guard checked all the locks and saw nothing out of the way. [Early 1200s] Also see go out of one's way.