Origin of without

before 900; Middle English withouten, Old English withūtan (adv. and preposition), equivalent to with with + -ūtan from without, equivalent to ūt out + -an suffix of motion from
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British Dictionary definitions for without

/ (wɪˈðaʊt) /



formal outside; outwardly


not standard unlessdon't come without you have some money
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Idioms and Phrases with without


In addition to the idioms beginning with without

  • without a leg to stand on
  • without a stitch on
  • without batting an eye
  • without doubt
  • without fail
  • without further ado
  • without question
  • without so much as

also see:

  • absent without leave
  • do without
  • get along without
  • go without saying
  • no smoke without fire
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