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

Synonyms for outside Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for outside

Contemporary Examples of outside

Historical Examples of outside

  • That it is one tree seems to be evident from the growth of the bark only on the outside.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Then, as in Fig. 9, cut the core loose from the outside skin.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • The stenographer was to take his seat in this corridor, just outside one of the windows.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Outside the door of the anaesthetizing-room Miss Harrison's languor vanished.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Outside of her small immediate circle Anna's death was hardly felt.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for outside


preposition (ˌaʊtˈsaɪd)

(sometimes foll by of) on or to the exterior ofoutside the house
beyond the limits ofoutside human comprehension
apart from; other thanno-one knows outside you and me

adjective (ˈaʊtˌsaɪd)

(prenominal) situated on the exterioran outside lavatory
remote; unlikelyan outside chance
not a member of
the greatest possible or probable (prices, odds, etc)
(of a road lane, esp in a dual carriageway or motorway) situated nearer or nearest to the central reservation, for use by faster or overtaking vehicles

adverb (ˌaʊtˈsaɪd)

outside a specified thing or place; out of doors
slang not in prison

noun (ˈaʊtˈsaɪd)

the external side or surfacethe outside of the garage
the external appearance or aspect
the exterior or outer part of something
(of a path, pavement, etc) the side nearest the road or away from a wall or building
sport an outside player, as in football
(plural) the outer sheets of a ream of paper
Canadian (in the north) the settled parts of Canada
at the outside informal at the most or at the greatest extenttwo days at the outside
outside in another term for inside outSee inside (def. 5)


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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