far-out

[ fahr-out ]
/ ˈfɑrˈaʊt /

adjective Slang.

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

Origin of far-out

First recorded in 1950–55

Related forms

far-out·ness, noun

Definition for far out (2 of 2)

far

[ fahr ]
/ fɑr /

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.

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 forms

far·ness, nouno·ver·far, adverb, adjective

Can be confused

fair far fare

Usage note

See as1, farther.
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British Dictionary definitions for far out (1 of 2)

far

/ (fɑː) /

adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest

adjective (prenominal)

Derived Forms

farness, noun

Word Origin for far

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

British Dictionary definitions for far out (2 of 2)

far-out

/ slang /

adjective (far out when postpositive)

bizarre or avant-garde
excellent; wonderful

interjection far out

an expression of amazement or delight
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Idioms and Phrases with far out (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with far out (2 of 2)

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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