[ out-skurt ]
/ ˈaʊtˌskɜrt /


Often outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city, metropolitan area, or the like: to live on the outskirts of town; a sparsely populated outskirt.
Usually outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified quality, condition, or the like: the outskirts of respectability.

Nearby words

  1. outsight,
  2. outsing,
  3. outsit,
  4. outsize,
  5. outsized,
  6. outskirts,
  7. outsleep,
  8. outsmart,
  9. outsoar,
  10. outsold

Origin of outskirt

First recorded in 1590–1600; out- + skirt

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Word Origin and History for outskirt



"outer border," 1590s, from out + skirt (n.). Now only in plural, outskirts. Originally in Spenser.

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