lying at a distance from the center or the main body; remote; out-of-the-way: outlying military posts.
lying outside the boundary or limit.

Nearby words

  1. outlier,
  2. outline,
  3. outline font,
  4. outlive,
  5. outlook,
  6. outman,
  7. outmaneuver,
  8. outmanoeuvre,
  9. outmarch,
  10. outmatch

Origin of outlying

First recorded in 1655–65; out- + lying2

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British Dictionary definitions for outlying



distant or remote from the main body or centre, as of a town or region
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Word Origin and History for outlying



"outside certain limits," 1660s, from out + present participle of lie (v.2). Meaning "remote from the center" is first recorded 1680s.

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