[ out-pawrt, -pohrt ]

  1. a secondary seaport close to a larger one but beyond its corporate limits or jurisdiction.

  2. Canadian. an isolated fishing village, especially on the Newfoundland coast.

Origin of outport

First recorded in 1635–45; out- + port1

Words Nearby outport

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How to use outport in a sentence

  • A great American city is almost invariably placed at a point where an important railroad finds an outport on a lake or river.

    Greater Britain | Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • It was a good partnership—this friendship between the Colonial knight's son and heir and the outport fisherman's lad.

    Billy Topsail, M.D. | Norman Duncan
  • Nieuport, the outport of Ypres, is the last of the towns in this region to which I shall call your attention.

  • If you were to ask a fisherman of some remote outport what his flour was made of he would stare at you and be mute.

    Dr. Grenfell's Parish | Norman Duncan
  • But this did not interfere with his friendship with Billy Topsail, the outport boy.

British Dictionary definitions for outport


/ (ˈaʊtˌpɔːt) /

  1. mainly British a subsidiary port built in deeper water than the original port

  2. Canadian one of the many isolated fishing villages located in the bays and other indentations of the Newfoundland coast

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