[out-uh v-thuh-wey]


remote from much-traveled, frequented, or populous regions; secluded: an out-of-the-way inn up in the hills.
seldom encountered; unusual: out-of-the-way information.
giving offense; improper: an out-of-the-way remark.

Origin of out-of-the-way

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
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Related Words for out-of-the-way

isolated, obscure, remote, removed, secluded, far-off

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Contemporary Examples of out-of-the-way

  • “It was just an out-of-the-way village when we were there,” Gerald says.

  • We might be better off whispering our kudos or toasting each other in out-of-the-way bars.

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  • Lost names, forsaken beliefs…Bouvier is fascinated too by the Westerners washed up in these out-of-the-way lands.

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Historical Examples of out-of-the-way

British Dictionary definitions for out-of-the-way


adjective (prenominal)

distant from more populous areas
uncommon or unusual
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