[ out-burst ]
/ ˈaʊtˌbɜrst /


a sudden and violent release or outpouring: an outburst of tears.
a sudden spell of activity, energy, etc.
a public disturbance; riot; outbreak.
a bursting forth; eruption.

Origin of outburst

First recorded in 1650–60; out- + burst
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British Dictionary definitions for outburst


/ (ˈaʊtˌbɜːst) /


a sudden and violent expression of emotion
an explosion or eruption
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Word Origin and History for outburst



1650s, from out + burst (v.). Outbresten was a verb in Middle English (mid-12c.), from Old English utaberstan.

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