Nearby words

  1. inseverable,
  2. inshallah,
  3. insheathe,
  4. inshore,
  5. inshrine,
  6. inside caliper,
  7. inside forward,
  8. inside job,
  9. inside lane,
  10. inside loop


    inside of, Informal. within the space or period of: Our car broke down again inside of a mile.
    inside out,
    1. with the inner side reversed to face the outside.
    2. thoroughly; completely: She knew the work inside out.

Origin of inside

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at in, side1

7. Inside, interior both refer to the inner part or space within something. Inside is a common word, and is used with reference to things of any size, small or large: the inside of a pocket. Interior, somewhat more formal, denotes the inner part or the space or regions within; it usually suggests considerable size or extent, and sometimes a richness of decoration: the interior of a country, of the earth, of a cathedral. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inside-out


noun (ˈɪnˈsaɪd)

the interior; inner or enclosed part or surface
the side of a path away from the road or adjacent to a wall
(also plural) informal the internal organs of the body, esp the stomach and bowels
inside of in a period of time less than; within
inside out with the inside facing outwards
know something inside out to know something thoroughly or perfectly

preposition (ˌɪnˈsaɪd)

in or to the interior of; within or to within; on the inside of

adjective (ˈɪnˌsaɪd)

on or of an interior; on the insidean inside door
(prenominal) arranged or provided by someone within an organization or building, esp illicitlythe raid was an inside job; inside information

adverb (ˌɪnˈsaɪd)

within or to within a thing or place; indoors
by nature; fundamentallyinside, he's a good chap
slang in or into prison


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Word Origin and History for inside-out
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with inside-out


In addition to the idioms beginning with inside

  • inside of
  • inside out
  • inside track, the

also see:

  • on the inside
  • step in (inside)
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