or print-out

[ print-out ]
/ ˈprɪntˌaʊt /

noun Computers.

output produced by a printer, generally on continuous sheets of paper.

Nearby words

  1. printing paper,
  2. printing press,
  3. printless,
  4. printmaker,
  5. printmaking,
  6. printout paper,
  7. printwheel,
  8. printworks,
  9. prinzmetal's angina,
  10. prion

Origin of printout

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase print out

Origin of print

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English prent(e), print(e), prient(e) < Old French priente impression, print, noun use of feminine past participle of preindre to press1 < Latin premere; (v.) Middle English prenten, derivative of the noun

Related formsun·print·ed, adjectivewell-print·ed, adjective

Can be confusedprince prints Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for print out

print out

verb (tr, adverb)

(of a computer output device, such as a line printer) to produce (printed information)

noun print-out, printout

such printed information


/ (prɪnt) /



See also print out

Word Origin for print

C13 priente, from Old French: something printed, from preindre to make an impression, from Latin premere to press

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Word Origin and History for print out
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Idioms and Phrases with print out

print out


Write by drawing letters as opposed to cursive writing, as in Please print out your name above your signature.


Use a computer printer, as in This manuscript is too long to print out, so let's continue using floppy disks. [Second half of 1900s]


In addition to the idiom beginning with print

  • print out

also see:

  • go out (of print)
  • in print
  • small print
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