[ ou-ter ]
/ ˈaʊ tər /


situated on or toward the outside; external; exterior: outer garments; an outer wall.
situated farther out or farther from the center: the outer reaches of space.
of or relating to the external world.

Origin of outer

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at out, -er4

Related forms

out·er·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for outer

British Dictionary definitions for outer


/ (ˈaʊtə) /

adjective (prenominal)

being or located on the outside; external
further from the middle or central part


  1. the white outermost ring on a target
  2. a shot that hits this ring
Australian the unsheltered part of the spectator area at a sports ground
on the outer Australian and NZ informal excluded or neglected
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012