[ verb out-shoot; noun out-shoot ]

verb (used with object),out·shot, out·shoot·ing.
  1. to surpass in shooting, as in accuracy or in number of shots made.

  2. to shoot beyond.

  1. to shoot (something) out; send forth: a tree outshooting its roots.

verb (used without object),out·shot, out·shoot·ing.
  1. to shoot forth; project: sparks outshooting from the fire.

  1. an act or instance of shooting out: an outshoot of his fist that staggered his opponent.

  2. something that shoots out: a row of outshoots from the soil.

Origin of outshoot

First recorded in 1520–30; out- + shoot1

Words Nearby outshoot

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How to use outshoot in a sentence

  • He was jack-fool enough to think that with this leather pipe he could outshoot the best archer in Christendom.

    Sir Nigel | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The first ball was an outshoot that just cut the corner of the plate.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King | Lester Chadwick
  • There was scarce a man in the Cumberlands or the Appalachians who could outshoot him.

  • Time was when I could outshoot thee three matches in four; now should I miss the side of a house at a hundred paces.

    Sea-Dogs All! | Tom Bevan
  • Delicate Forbes could outshoot and outride even Jed Brower when he chose, and his courage with cattle was that of a man.

    A Voice in the Wilderness | Grace Livingston Hill

British Dictionary definitions for outshoot


verb(ˌaʊtˈʃuːt) -shoots, -shooting or -shot
  1. (tr) to surpass or excel in shooting

  2. to go or extend beyond (something)

  1. a thing that projects or shoots out

  2. the act or state of shooting out or protruding

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