[ ou-ting ]
/ ˈaʊ tɪŋ /


a pleasure trip, excursion, picnic, or the like: the annual outing for the senior class.
a public appearance, as by a participant in an athletic contest or event: The new player scored spectacularly in his second outing with the team.
the intentional exposure of a secret homosexual, especially a prominent figure.

Origin of outing

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at out, -ing1

Definition for outing (2 of 2)

Origin of out

before 900; (adv.) Middle English; Old English ūt; cognate with Dutch uit, German aus, Old Norse, Gothic ūt; akin to Sanskrit ud-; (adj., interjection, and preposition) Middle English, from the adv.; (v.) Middle English outen, Old English ūtian to put out, cognate with Old Frisian ūtia
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British Dictionary definitions for outing (1 of 2)

/ (ˈaʊtɪŋ) /


a short outward and return journey; trip; excursion
informal the naming by homosexuals of other prominent homosexuals, often against their will

British Dictionary definitions for outing (2 of 2)

Word Origin for out

Old English ūt; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse ūt, Old High German ūz, German aus

usage for out

The use of out as a preposition, though common in American English, is regarded as incorrect in British English: he climbed out of (not out) a window; he went out through the door
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