- going out; departing: outgoing trains.
- leaving or retiring from a position or office: A farewell party was given for the outgoing members of the board of directors.
- addressed and ready for posting: outgoing mail.
- of or relating to food prepared for delivery or consumption off the premises: outgoing orders at the pizza parlor.
- interested in and responsive to others; friendly; sociable: an outgoing personality.
- Usually outgoings. Chiefly British. expenses; money expended.
- the act of going out: The ship's outgoing proved more difficult than its incoming.
- something that goes out; effluence: an outgoing measured in kilowatt hours.
Origin of outgoing
- to go beyond; outdistance: to outgo the minimum rquirements.
- to surpass, excel, or outdo: Each child was encouraged to outgo the others.
- Archaic. to go faster than; excel in speed.
Origin of outgo
Examples from the Web for outgoing
Families stuff a life-size male doll with memories of the outgoing year and dress him in their clothing.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
Sabrine was the outgoing, sociable type, and had many friends, while Ziad was shy and a little more introverted.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Meet the outgoing Michigan Republican congressman who switched his vote and kept the government funded Thursday.Quirky Reindeer Farmer Keeps Government Open for Christmas
December 11, 2014
But the President could easily reposition it as a friendly “pro-gun rights” gesture by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
In the midst of these efforts, she was raising identical twin sons, Julian—“the reserved one” and Joaquin—“the outgoing one.”Mother Knows Best
October 14, 2014
Additional legislation of this kind was passed by the outgoing Congress.
The "pond" was a puddle, perhaps twenty feet across, left by the outgoing tide.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
The boats at anchor in front of the shanties swung with the outgoing tide.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
For a while I puzzled over the significance of this outgoing and incoming.Tales of Fishes
No act of the outgoing Administration had given greater offense.Union and Democracy
- departing; leaving
- leaving or retiring from officethe outgoing chairman
- friendly and sociable
- the act of going out
- (tr) to exceed or outstrip
- cost; outgoings; outlay
- something that goes out; outflow
Word Origin and History for outgoing
1630s, "that goes out," from out (adv.) + going. Meaning "sociable, friendly," attested from 1950, on same notion as in extrovert. Middle English had a noun outgoing "a departure," mid-14c., from a verb outgo "to go forth," and Old English had utgangende "outgoing" (literal). Related: Outgoingness.