outcast

1
[ out-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈaʊtˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /

noun

a person who is rejected or cast out, as from home or society: In the beginning the area was settled by outcasts, adventurers, and felons.
a homeless wanderer; vagabond.
rejected matter; refuse.

adjective

cast out, as from one's home or society: an outcast son.
pertaining to or characteristic of an outcast: outcast misery.
rejected or discarded: outcast opinions.

Nearby words

  1. outbreak,
  2. outbreed,
  3. outbreeding,
  4. outbuilding,
  5. outburst,
  6. outcaste,
  7. outclass,
  8. outclimb,
  9. outcome,
  10. outcrop

Origin of outcast

1
Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at out-, cast

outcast

2
[ out-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈaʊtˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /

noun Scot.

a falling out; quarrel.

Origin of outcast

2
1590–1600; noun use of verb phrase (Scottish) cast out

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British Dictionary definitions for outcast

outcast

/ (ˈaʊtˌkɑːst) /

noun

a person who is rejected or excluded from a social group
a vagabond or wanderer
anything thrown out or rejected

adjective

rejected, abandoned, or discarded; cast out
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Word Origin and History for outcast

outcast

n.

mid-14c., "a person cast out or rejected," originally past participle of Middle English outcasten, from out + casten "to cast" (see cast (v.)). The adjective is attested from late 14c. In an Indian context, outcaste "one who has been expelled from his caste" is from 1876; see caste.

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