Nearby words

  1. outsettlement,
  2. outsettler,
  3. outshine,
  4. outshoot,
  5. outshout,
  6. outside broadcast,
  7. outside caliper,
  8. outside director,
  9. outside forward,
  10. outside half


    at the outside, at the utmost limit; at the maximum: There weren't more than ten at the outside.
    outside of, other than; exclusive of; excepting: Outside of us, no one else came to the party.

Origin of outside

First recorded in 1495–1505; out- + side1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for outside

British Dictionary definitions for outside


The use of outside of and inside of, although fairly common, is generally thought to be incorrect or non-standard: she waits outside (not outside of) the school

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Word Origin and History for outside



c.1500, "outer side," from out + side (n.). The adjective is attested from 1630s; the preposition from 1826; the adverb from 1813. Phrase outside of "with exception of" is from 1859.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with outside


In addition to the idiom beginning with outside

  • outside of

also see:

  • at most (the outside)
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