out-

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See also: out and oût

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ut-, from Old English ūt- (out, without, outside) (also as ūta-, ūtan- (from or on the outside, without), as in ūtanweard (outward, external)), from Proto-Germanic *ūt- (out-). Cognate with Dutch uit-, German aus-, Swedish ut-, Icelandic út-. More at out.

Prefix[edit]

out-

  1. External to, on the outside of
    outback
    outhouse
  2. Toward the outside of, away from
    outcast
    outlead
    outflee
  3. Forms verbs with the sense of surpassing or exceeding the prefixed word, which need not be a verb itself.
    outdo
    outlast
    outmaneuver
  4. Greater than, beyond
    outsize
    outrun
    outgrow
  5. Completely
    outfit
    outwork

Derived terms[edit]