[ out-uh v-sahyt ]
/ ˈaʊt əvˈsaɪt /


Slang. fantastic; great; marvelous: an out-of-sight guitarist.
beyond reason; exceedingly high: out-of-sight hospital bills.

Origin of out-of-sight

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

Definition for out of sight (2 of 2)


[ sahyt ]
/ saɪt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to aim or observe through a sight.
to look carefully in a certain direction.

Origin of sight

before 950; Middle English (noun); Old English sihth (more often gesihth, gesiht; cognate with German Gesicht face; cf. y-), derivative of sēon to see1; see -th1

Related forms

sight·a·ble, adjectivesight·er, nounre·sight, verb (used with object)un·der·sight, noun

Can be confused

cite sight site
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British Dictionary definitions for out of sight


/ (saɪt) /



Derived Forms

sightable, adjective

Word Origin for sight

Old English sihth; related to Old High German siht; see see 1
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Medicine definitions for out of sight


[ sīt ]


The ability to see.
Field of vision.
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Idioms and Phrases with out of sight (1 of 2)

out of sight


Also, out of someone's sight. Out of the range of vision, as in Stay out of sight while they're visiting, or Don't let the baby out of your sight in the yard. [c. 1200] This idiom is also used in the phrase get out of someone's sight, meaning “go away”; for example, Jean was furious with Bill and told him to get out of her sight at once.


Unreasonable, excessive, as in Our bill for the wine was out of sight. [Colloquial; late 1800s]


Excellent, superb, as in The graduation party was out of sight. This phrase is also used as an interjection meaning “Wonderful!” as in Do I like it? Out of sight! [Slang; second half of 1900s]


out of sight, out of mind. What is absent is soon forgotten, as in I don't think of them unless they send a Christmas card—out of sight, out of mind, I guess. This phrase has been proverbial since Homer's time; the earliest recorded use in English was about 1450.

Idioms and Phrases with out of sight (2 of 2)


In addition to the idioms beginning with sight

  • sight for sore eyes, a
  • sight unseen

also see:

  • at first blush (sight)
  • at sight
  • can't stand the sight of
  • catch sight of
  • heave into sight
  • in sight
  • know by sight
  • lose sight of
  • love at first sight
  • lower one's sights
  • on sight
  • out of sight
  • raise one's sights
  • second sight
  • see the sights
  • set one's sights on
  • twenty-twenty hindsight
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