[out-goh-ing or for 5, -goh-]



Origin of outgoing

1300–50; Middle English (gerund); see out-, going
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Examples from the Web for outgoings

Historical Examples of outgoings

  • But I dare say I shall find the outgoings nothing to what the cook made them.'


    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • She found that, in all her outgoings and her incomings, he prevented her.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • Who was I, little grey worm that I was, to question his outgoings and his incomings?

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • I thank my Maker, I know nothing of their incomings or outgoings.

    Red Gauntlet

    Sir Walter Scott

  • My mother came not often, for she was closely watched in her incomings and outgoings.

British Dictionary definitions for outgoings


pl n




departing; leaving
leaving or retiring from officethe outgoing chairman
friendly and sociable


the act of going out
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Word Origin and History for outgoings



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.

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