Origin of outspent

First recorded in 1645–55; out- + spent


verb (used with object), out·spent, out·spend·ing.
  1. to outdo in spending; spend more than: They seemed determined to outspend their neighbors.
  2. to exceed (one's resources) in spending: He quickly outspent his fortune.

Origin of outspend

First recorded in 1580–90; out- + spend
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Contemporary Examples of outspent

Historical Examples of outspent

  • The sheriff and his nine men sank down on the grassy slope, gasping, outspent.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • Until at last, outspent with energy, he draws a deep breath of exhaustion, and realizes that he is weariness itself.

    A Day with Lord Byron

    May Clarissa Gillington

Word Origin and History for outspent



mid-15c., "to consume totally, use up," from out (adv.) + spend (v.). Meaning "to spend more than another or others" is from 1840. Related: Outspent; outspending. Outspent is attested from 1650s as "exhausted."

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