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Origin of outnumber

First recorded in 1660–70; out- + number
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Historical Examples of outnumber

  • The British outnumber us considerably, I think, but just how much I do not know.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • They fight only at an advantage,—when they outnumber the whites.

  • And the views of Paris outnumber the others, and almost outvalue them also.

  • Mr. Parker says that the lingams in Benares "outnumber the inhabitants."

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Within a century, we will outnumber them—we will be the Normals, not they.

    The Penal Cluster

    Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)

British Dictionary definitions for outnumber


  1. (tr) to exceed in number
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Word Origin and History for outnumber

"to number more than," 1660s, from out + number (v.). Related: Outnumbered; outnumbering.

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