- a horse that cannot be broken; a mean, intractable horse.
- any rogue animal.
verb (used with object)
Origin of outlaw
Examples from the Web for outlaw
And yet, no one in Rio is calling for the end of the campaign to reclaim the outlaw zones of the city.
Many court watchers were expecting the justices to outlaw or seriously curtail all uses of race by government actors.Affirmative Action Lives! What Happened at the Supreme Court|Adam Winkler|June 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Once said to have been rewriting the rules of journalism, Assange has become an outlaw librarian.
Hacker wins the prime ministership by denouncing an EU plot to outlaw the British sausage.Partisanship too Far? Republicans Shouldn't Stand With Rand|David Frum|March 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In this case, both Israel and Australia outlaw spies violating their oath of service and betraying their country.
If he is a notorious spendthrift they outlaw him by means of a writ presented to the magistrate.The History of Sumatra|William Marsden
He dreaded to be forced into a position of illegality and revolt, because it would enable his enemies to outlaw him.Lectures on the French Revolution|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
At DeBar's words the blood leaped swiftly through Philip's veins, and he laughed as he flung the outlaw's hand from his arm.Philip Steele of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police|James Oliver Curwood
While Adam was occupying the outlaw's attention, Frank had stepped behind him, and thrown his arm around his neck.Frank in the Mountains|Harry Castlemon
The outlaw was feeling that he was a leader not overthrown, these were his friends and followers, his safety was their safety too.The Prodigal Judge|Vaughan Kester
Old English utlaga "one put outside the law" (and thereby deprived of its benefits and protections), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse utlagi (n.) "outlaw," from utlagr (adj.) "outlawed, banished," from ut "out" (see out (adv.)) + *lagu, plural of lag "law" (see law).
[G]if he man to deaðe gefylle, beo he þonne utlah ["Laws of Edward & Guthrum," c.924]
Meaning "one living a lawless life" is first recorded 1880. As an adjective from Old English.
Old English utlagian "to outlaw, banish," from utlaga "an outlaw" (see outlaw (n.)). Related: Outlawed; outlawing.