Definitions for out-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
not in the usual place, position, state, etc.:
out of alphabetical order.
away from one's home, country, work, etc., as specified:
to go out of town.
in or into the outdoors:
to go out for a walk.
to a state of exhaustion or depletion:
to pump a well out.
to the end or conclusion, a final decision, etc.:
to say it all out.
to a point or state of extinction:
a practice on the way out.
in or into a state of neglect, disuse, etc.:
That style has gone out.
so as not to be in the normal or proper position or state; out of joint:
Her back went out after her fall.
Category: Common Vocabulary
in or into public notice or knowledge:
The truth is out at last.
The miners go out at midnight.
so as to project or extend:
to stretch out.
from a specified source or material:
made out of scraps.
so as to deprive or be deprived:
to be cheated out of one's money.
aloud or loudly:
to cry out.
thoroughly; completely; entirely:
The children tired me out.
so as to obliterate or make undecipherable:
to cross out a misspelling; to ink out.
(adj.)not at one's home or place of employment; absent:
I stopped by to visit you, but you were out.
not open to consideration; out of the question:
She gets airsick, so flying is out.
wanting; lacking; without:
We had some but now we're out.
removed from or not in effective operation, play, etc., as in a game:
He's out for the season with a leg injury.
no longer holding a job, public office, etc.; unemployed (usu. fol. by of):
to be out of work.
The elevator is out. Are the lights out?
before the week is out.
not currently fashionable or in vogue:
Fitted waistlines are out this season.
Two drinks and he's usually out.
not in power, authority, or the like:
a member of the out party.
Baseball. (of a batter) not succeeding in getting on base. (of a base runner) not successful in an attempt to advance a base or bases.
out of bounds.
having a financial loss to an indicated extent:
out millions when the market crashed.
incorrect or inaccurate:
calculations out by $247.
not in practice:
Your bow hand is out.
beyond the usual range, size, weight, etc. (often used in combination):
an outsize bed.
threadbare or having holes:
out at the knees.
Mums are out till next fall.
located at a distance; outlying:
the out islands.
Cricket. not having its innings:
the out side.
an out lesbian.
Category: Status (usage)
indicating the first nine holes of an 18-hole golf course (opposed to in):
an out score of 33.
(prep.)(used to indicate movement or direction from the inside to the outside of something):
She ran out the door.
(used to indicate location):
The car is out back.
(used to indicate movement away from a central point):
Let's drive out the old parkway.
(used in radio communications to signify that the sender has finished the message and is not expecting a reply.)
Category: Common Vocabulary, Radio and Television
Ref: Compare over (def. 46). 1 61
Archaic. (an exclamation of indignation, reproach, etc.) (usu. fol. by upon):
Out upon you!
(n.)a means of escape from responsibility, embarrassment, etc.:
I had no out.
Usu., outs. those persons or groups not in office or lacking status, power, or authority.
Baseball. a turn at bat that results in a put-out.
Ref: put-out .
(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) an out-of-bounds return or service.
something that is out, as a projecting corner.
Print. an omission or deletion.
(v.i.)to go or come out.
to become public, evident, known, etc.:
The truth will out.
to make known; tell (fol. by with):
Out with the truth!
(v.t.)to eject or expel.
to intentionally expose (a secret homosexual, esp. a public figure).
Category: Common Vocabulary
out of trim,Naut. (of a ship) drawing excessively at the bow or stern.
Idioms for out:
all out,with maximum effort; thoroughly or wholeheartedly:
They went all out to finish by Friday.
on the outs,in a state of disagreement; quarreling; at odds.
out from under,rid of burdensome responsibilities, esp. free of debt.
out of, not within: beyond the reach of: not in a condition of: so as to deprive or be deprived of. from within or among: because of; owing to: foaled by:
out of the house.
out of hearing.
out of danger.
Take the jokers out of the pack.
out of loyalty.
Grey Dancer out of Lady Grey.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom
out of it, Informal. not participating. not conscious. confused; muddled.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom, Informal
out of place, not in the correct position or order. unsuitable to the circumstances or surroundings.
Origin of out:
bef. 900; ME; OE ūt, c. OFris, OS ūt, OHG ūz, ON ūt; akin to Skt ud-
a prefixal use of out , occurring in various senses in compounds (outcast; outcome; outside), and serving also to form transitive verbs denoting a going beyond, surpassing, or outdoing of the particular action indicated (outbid; outdo; outlast).
Origin of out-:
ME; OE ūt-; see out
External to, on the outside of
Toward the outside of, away from