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

Nearby words

  1. outro,
  2. outrow,
  3. outrun,
  4. outrunner,
  5. outrush,
  6. outs,
  7. outsail,
  8. outsang,
  9. outsat,
  10. outscore

Origin of outré

1715–25; < French, past participle of outrer to push beyond bounds (see outrage)

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British Dictionary definitions for outre



deviating from what is usual or proper

Word Origin for outré

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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