out-

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English[edit]

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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. Surpassing, exceeding
    outdo
    outlast
    outmaneuver
    • It out-Herods Herod. Pray you, avoid it. (Hamlet, act 3, scene 2)
  4. Greater than, beyond
    outsize
  5. Completely
    outfit

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