[ verb out-wurk; noun out-wurk ]
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verb (used with object),out·worked or out·wrought, out·work·ing.
  1. to work harder, better, or faster than.

  2. to work out or carry on to a conclusion; finish: a problem to be outworked in after generations.

  1. Archaic. to outdo in workmanship.

  1. a minor defense built or established outside the principal fortification limits.

Origin of outwork

1200–50; Middle English: to complete; see out-, work

Other words from outwork

  • outworker, noun

Words Nearby outwork

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How to use outwork in a sentence

  • Then the troops dashed forward, and forced their way into the outwork.

    The Cornet of Horse | G. A. Henty

British Dictionary definitions for outwork


  1. (often plural) defences which lie outside main defensive works

  2. work performed away from the factory, office, etc, by which it has been commissioned

verb(ˌaʊtˈwɜːk) -works, -working, -worked or -wrought (tr)
  1. to work better, harder, etc, than

  2. to work out to completion

Derived forms of outwork

  • outworker, noun

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