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  1. passing the bounds of what is usual or considered proper; unconventional; bizarre.
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Origin of outré

1715–25; < French, past participle of outrer to push beyond bounds (see outrage)
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  • The result of this outre combination must have been truly remarkable.

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    Nathaniel Bright Emerson

  • The person who produced the most outre sentiment was called 'strong.'

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    Charles Dudley Warner

  • But the real Bostonese do not run to outre stationery or other eccentricities.

  • Outre les cheuaux, & cheures qu'on y conduisoit ja pour commencemẽt de mesnage.

  • She personified the outre; nothing so incongruous as her presence in that place could well be imagined.

British Dictionary definitions for outre


  1. deviating from what is usual or proper
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Word Origin

C18: from French past participle of outrer to pass beyond
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Word Origin and History for outre


"exaggerated, extravagant, eccentric," 1722, from French outré "exaggerated, excessive, extreme," past participle of outrer "to carry to excess, overdo, overstrain, exaggerate," from outre "beyond" (see outrage).

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