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verb (used with object) Eastern North Midland and South Atlantic States.
  1. to turn off (a light) or extinguish (a fire).
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Origin of outen

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; out + -en1
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Examples from the Web for outen

Historical Examples

  • There wan't any way of makin' 'em then but just outen rough logs.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • "We must get outen heah, an' thet quick," said Fortner decisively.

    The Red Acorn

    John McElroy

  • So I pushed him outen the room and went on out down the walk.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough

  • But I did mean ter run him outen the country, 'n' burn his cabin.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris

  • "I told him what he was an' threw him outen th' street," replied Hopalong.

Word Origin and History for outen


"put out," 1916, American English dialectal; see out (adv.) + -en (1). An idiom in Pennsylvania German.

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