far-out

[fahr-out]

adjective Slang.

unconventional; offbeat; avant-garde.
radical; extreme.
recondite or esoteric.

Origin of far-out

First recorded in 1950–55
Related formsfar-out·ness, noun

far

[fahr]

adverb

at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
at or to a remote or advanced time: We talked far into the night.
at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree: Having come this far, we might as well continue.
much or many: I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.

adjective, far·ther or fur·ther, far·thest or fur·thest.

being at a great distance; remote in time or place: a far country; the far future.
extending to a great distance: the far frontiers of empire.
more distant of the two: the far side.

Origin of far

before 900; Middle English far, fer, Old English feorr; cognate with Old High German ferr, Old Norse fjar, Gothic fairra; akin to German fern far, Latin porrō forward, further
Related formsfar·ness, nouno·ver·far, adverb, adjective
Can be confusedfair far fare

Usage note

See as1, farther.
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British Dictionary definitions for far out

far

adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest

at, to, or from a great distance
at or to a remote timefar in the future
to a considerable degree; very mucha far better plan
as far as
  1. to the degree or extent that
  2. to the distance or place of
  3. informalwith reference to; as for
by far by a considerable margin
far and away by a very great margin
far and wide over great distances; everywhere
far be it from me I would not presume; on no accountfar be it from me to tell you what to do
far gone
  1. in an advanced state of deterioration
  2. informalextremely drunk
go far
  1. to be successful; achieve muchyour son will go far
  2. to be sufficient or last longthe wine didn't go far
go too far to exceed reasonable limits
how far? to what extent, distance, or degree?
in so far as to the degree or extent that
so far
  1. up to the present moment
  2. up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
so far, so good an expression of satisfaction with progress made

adjective (prenominal)

remote in space or timea far country; in the far past
extending a great distance; long
more distantthe far end of the room
a far cry
  1. a long way
  2. something very different
far from in a degree, state, etc, remote fromhe is far from happy
Derived Formsfarness, noun

Word Origin for far

Old English feorr; related to Old Frisian fīr, Old High German ferro, Latin porro forwards, Greek pera further

far-out

adjective (far out when postpositive)

bizarre or avant-garde
excellent; wonderful

interjection far out

an expression of amazement or delight
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Word Origin and History for far out
adj.

also far-out, 1887, "remote, distant;" from far + out. Slang sense of "excellent, wonderful," is from 1954, originally in jazz talk.

far

adj.

Old English feorr "far, remote, distant, to a great distance, long ago," from Proto-Germanic *ferro (cf. Old Saxon ferr, Old Frisian fer, Old Norse fjarre, Dutch ver, Old High German ferro, German fern, Gothic fairra), from PIE *per- "through, across, beyond" (cf. Sanskrit parah "farther, remote, ulterior," Hittite para "outside of," Greek pera "across, beyond," Latin per "through," Old Irish ire "farther"). Far East "China, Japan, and surrounding regions" is from 1838.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with far out

far out

1

Unusual or eccentric; very advanced. for example, Painting blindfolded, that's far out, or Her child-rearing theories are far out.

2

An interjection meaning “great” or “cool,” as in All he could say when he won the lottery was “Far out!” Originally a slang term for daringly creative jazz, this expression has been applied to other art forms and undertakings. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]

far

In addition to the idioms beginning with far

  • far afield
  • far and away
  • far and near
  • far and wide
  • far be it from one to
  • far cry from, a
  • far from
  • far gone
  • far out

also see:

  • as far as
  • as far as possible
  • as far as that goes
  • by far
  • carry too far
  • few and far between
  • go far
  • go so far as to
  • go too far
  • so far
  • so far so good
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