[out-dawrz, -dohrz]
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  1. (used with a singular verb) the world outside of or away from houses; open air: Our whole family likes the outdoors.
  1. outdoor.

Origin of outdoors

1810–20; earlier out (of) doors
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Contemporary Examples of outdoors

Historical Examples of outdoors

  • A man of outdoors, it was the house caging that was killing him, keeping him back.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The first day he's outdoors he'll go back to that old hole—you'll see!

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • I'm glad it's so much cooler in the house than it is outdoors.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • A monthly magazine of the outdoors that is made for outdoor men and women.


    Leon Luther Pray

  • This class work may be indoors or outdoors, depending on the season or climate.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

British Dictionary definitions for outdoors


  1. Also: out-of-doors in the open air; outside
  1. the world outside or far away from human habitationthe great outdoors
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Word Origin and History for outdoors

1817, from outdoor + adverbial genitive. As a noun, "open spaces," recorded from 1857.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with outdoors


see big as life (all outdoors).

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