Nearby words

  1. worktop,
  2. workup,
  3. workwear,
  4. workweek,
  5. workwoman,
  6. world bank,
  7. world bank group,
  8. world beat,
  9. world car,
  10. world communion sunday


Origin of world

before 900; Middle English; Old English world, weorold; cognate with Dutch wereld, German Welt, Old Norse verǫld, all < Germanic *wer-ald- literally, age of man

Related formscoun·ter·world, nounin·ter·world, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for out of this world



the earth as a planet, esp including its inhabitants
mankind; the human race
people generally; the publicin the eyes of the world
social or public lifeto go out into the world
the universe or cosmos; everything in existence
a complex united whole regarded as resembling the universe
any star or planet, esp one that might be inhabited
(often capital) a division or section of the earth, its history, or its inhabitantsthe Western World; the Ancient World; the Third World
an area, sphere, or realm considered as a complete environmentthe animal world
any field of human activity or way of life or those involved in itthe world of television
a period or state of existencethe next world
the total circumstances and experience of an individual that make up his life, esp that part of it relating to happinessyou have shattered my world
a large amount, number, or distanceworlds apart
worldly or secular life, ways, or people
logic See possible world
all the world and his wife a large group of people of various kinds
bring into the world
  1. (of a midwife, doctor, etc) to deliver (a baby)
  2. to give birth to
come into the world to be born
dead to the world informal unaware of one's surroundings, esp fast asleep or very drunk
for the world (used with a negative) for any inducement, however great
for all the world in every way; exactly
give to the world to publish
in the world (usually used with a negative) (intensifier)no-one in the world can change things
man of the world or woman of the world a man or woman experienced in social or public life
not long for this world nearing death
on top of the world informal exultant, elated, or very happy
informal wonderful; excellent
set the world on fire to be exceptionally or sensationally successful
the best of both worlds the benefits from two different or opposed ways of life, philosophies, etc
think the world of to be extremely fond of or hold in very high esteem
world of one's own a state of mental detachment from other people
world without end for ever
(modifier) of or concerning most or all countries; worldwideworld politics; a world record
(in combination) throughout the worldworld-famous

Word Origin for world

Old English w (e) orold, from wer man + ald age, life; related to Old Frisian warld, wrald, Old Norse verold, Old High German wealt (German Welt)


noun The World

a man-made archipelago of 300 reclaimed islands built off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a map of the world. Area: 63 sq km (24 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for out of this world


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Idioms and Phrases with out of this world

out of this world

Extraordinary, superb, as in Her carrot cake is out of this world. This colloquial term refers to something too good for this world. [Early 1900s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with world

  • world is one's oyster, the
  • world of good, a

also see:

  • all over the place (world)
  • best of both worlds
  • bring into the world
  • come up (in the world)
  • dead to the world
  • for all the world
  • go out (of the world)
  • in one's own world
  • it's a small world
  • laugh and the world laughs with you
  • man of the world
  • move up (in the world)
  • not for all the tea in china (for the world)
  • on earth (in the world), what
  • on top of the world
  • out of this world
  • set the world on fire
  • think a lot (the world) of
  • third world
  • with the best will in the world
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