outdoors

[out-dawrz, -dohrz]

adverb

out of doors; in the open air: He's happiest when he's outdoors.

noun

(used with a singular verb) the world outside of or away from houses; open air: Our whole family likes the outdoors.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. outdid,
  2. outdistance,
  3. outdo,
  4. outdoor,
  5. outdoor relief,
  6. outdoorsman,
  7. outdoorswoman,
  8. outdoorsy,
  9. outdraw,
  10. outdrive

Origin of outdoors

1810–20; earlier out (of) doors

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British Dictionary definitions for outdoors

outdoors

adverb

Also: out-of-doors in the open air; outside

noun

the world outside or far away from human habitationthe great outdoors
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Word Origin and History for outdoors

outdoors

adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with outdoors

outdoors

see big as life (all outdoors).

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