[ out-rig-er ]
/ ˈaʊtˌrɪg ər /


Nearby words

  1. outre,
  2. outreach,
  3. outremont,
  4. outride,
  5. outrider,
  6. outright,
  7. outring,
  8. outro,
  9. outrow,
  10. outrun

Origin of outrigger

First recorded in 1740–50; out- + rig + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for outrigger


/ (ˈaʊtˌrɪɡə) /


a framework for supporting a pontoon outside and parallel to the hull of a boat to provide stability
a boat equipped with such a framework, esp one of the canoes of the South Pacific
any projecting framework attached to a boat, aircraft, building, etc, to act as a support
rowing another name for rigger (def. 2)

Word Origin for outrigger

C18: from out- + rig 1 + -er 1; perhaps influenced by archaic outligger outlier

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Word Origin and History for outrigger



device used in Pacific and Indian oceans to stabilize canoes, 1748, altered (by influence of rig) from outligger (late 15c.) "a spar projecting from a vessel," probably from the same root as Dutch uitlegger, literally "out-lyer."

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