outsmart

[out-smahrt]

verb (used with object)

to get the better of (someone); outwit.

Nearby words

  1. outsize,
  2. outsized,
  3. outskirt,
  4. outskirts,
  5. outsleep,
  6. outsoar,
  7. outsold,
  8. outsole,
  9. outsource,
  10. outspan

Idioms

    outsmart oneself, to defeat oneself unintentionally by overly elaborate intrigue, scheming, or the like: This time he may have outsmarted himself.

Origin of outsmart

1925–30; out- + smart (adj.)

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British Dictionary definitions for outsmart

outsmart

verb

(tr) informal to get the better of; outwit
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Word Origin and History for outsmart

outsmart

v.

"to prove too clever for," 1926, from out + smart (adj.). Related: Outsmarted; outsmarting.

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