[ verb out-wurk; noun out-wurk ]
/ verb ˌaʊtˈwɜrk; noun ˈaʊtˌwɜrk /

verb (used with object), out·worked or out·wrought, out·work·ing.

to work harder, better, or faster than.
to work out or carry on to a conclusion; finish: a problem to be outworked in after generations.
Archaic. to outdo in workmanship.


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

Words nearby outwork

Origin of outwork

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


out·work·er, noun
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noun (ˈaʊtˌwɜːk)

(often plural) defences which lie outside main defensive works
work performed away from the factory, office, etc, by which it has been commissioned

verb (ˌaʊtˈwɜːk) -works, -working, -worked or -wrought (tr)

to work better, harder, etc, than
to work out to completion

Derived forms of outwork

outworker, noun
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