What does Outing mean?

Definitions for Outing
ˈaʊ tɪŋout·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. excursion, jaunt, outing, junket, pleasure trip, expedition, sashaynoun

    a journey taken for pleasure

    "many summer excursions to the shore"; "it was merely a pleasure trip"; "after cautious sashays into the field"

  2. field day, outing, picnicnoun

    a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering


  1. outingnoun

    A pleasure trip or excursion.

  2. outingnoun

    The practice of publicly revealing that a person is homosexual without that person's consent.

  3. outingnoun

    An appearance to perform in public, for example in a drama, film, on a musical album, as a sports contestant etc.


  1. Outing

    Outing is the act of disclosing an LGBT person's sexual orientation or gender identity without that person's consent. It is often done for political reasons, either to instrumentalize homophobia in order to discredit political opponents or to combat homophobia and heterosexism by revealing that a prominent or respected individual is homosexual. Examples of outing in history include the Krupp affair, Eulenburg affair, and Röhm scandal. The ethics of outing are highly contested as it can often have a negative effect on the target's personal life or career. Some LGBT activists argue that gay individuals who oppose LGBT rights do not enjoy a right to privacy because of their perceived hypocrisy. In an attempt to pre-empt being outed, an LGBT public figure may decide to come out publicly first, although controlling the conditions under which one's LGBT identity is revealed is only one of numerous motives for coming out.


  1. Outing

    Outing is the act of disclosing a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person's sexual orientation or gender identity without that person's consent. Outing gives rise to issues of privacy, choice, hypocrisy, and harm in addition to sparking debate on what constitutes common good in efforts to combat homophobia and heterosexism. A publicized outing targets prominent figures in a society, for example well-known politicians, accomplished athletes or popular artists. Opponents to LGBT rights movements as well as activists within LGBT communities have used this type of outing as a controversial political campaign or tactic. In an attempt to thwart or pre-empt being outed, LGBT public figures may decide to come out publicly first. The term "outing" can also be used to refer to the disclosure of other kinds of information that might be considered private, such as minority religious beliefs, for example being revealed as atheist in a strongly Christian community. In the culture of hacktivism, the practice of outing private information is called doxing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Outing

    owt′ing, n. the act of going out, or the distance gone out: an excursion or airing.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Outing is ranked #50362 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Outing surname appeared 415 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Outing.

    93% or 386 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 12 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Outing in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Outing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Outing in a Sentence

  1. Joe Maddon:

    Really good, right? I thought he was outstanding. Short notice, that was a great outing to build off of.

  2. Dusty Baker:

    He had outstanding control, he always has control, but tonight he had command. He threw some quality strikes. He’s getting better and better each outing.

  3. Kim Phillips-Knope:

    If you’re sort of into that area of like, ‘you’re going to hurt yourself or somebody else,’ and you have a duty to report—I mean, the law is really clear about that—you can also talk to parents, though, about like that ‘your kid is having suicidal thoughts,’ without outing them, without saying why, you can say, ‘We have some concerns, your child has shared this,’ [but] I would one-thousand percent recommend working with the student to let them guide that process.

  4. Chuck Hagel:

    This was not a golf outing. This was not a real estate transactional kind of arrangement. ... Engagement must be connected to a strategic interest, a strategic purpose. I don't know what that strategic purpose was. I am now convinced we didn't have one.

  5. Kenta Maeda:

    I definitely did not have my command tonight and that’s something to be reflected (on) and something to fix the next outing.

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