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Baobab trees (Adansonia) in a forest in Madagascar


outdoors +‎ -y.



outdoorsy (comparative outdoorsier, superlative outdoorsiest)

  1. (informal) Associated with the outdoors, or suited to outdoor life.
    • 1978 December, Patrick F. McManus, “The Gift”, in Field & Stream, volume LXXXIII, number 8, New York, N.Y.: CBS Publications, OCLC 64226494, page 88:
      Whenever the kids ask my wife what to get Ol' Whosis for Christmas, she tells them, "You know how he loves outdoor sports. Why don't you get him something outdoorsy?" [] Let me state here that there should be a law prohibiting any person who uses the term "outdoorsy" from dispensing advice about what kinds of presents to buy an outdoorsman. A few years ago, after my spouse advised her I would like something outdoorsy, one of my aunts gave me something called The Ultimate Fishing Machine.
    • 1992 April, David James Duncan, The Brothers K, New York, N.Y.: Doubleday, ISBN 978-0-385-24003-1; republished New York, N.Y.: Dial Press, June 2005, ISBN 978-0-553-37849-8, page 487:
      Fly-fishing is on the brink of becoming to ex-hipsters what golf has been to the World War Two-ers. 'Cause think about it. It's cheaper, it's outdoorsier, it's less exclusive, it's less bourgeois.
    • 2015, Janet Marthers; Paul Marthers, Follow Your Interests to Find the Right College, Tucson, Ariz.: Wheatmark, ↑ISBN, page 202:
      Some colleges, due to their location and campus atmosphere, attract students interested in outdoor adventure activities, such as rock climbing, camping, hiking, white-water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, and skiing. Students at outdoorsy colleges tend to be hearty types who can't wait to go outside for the next nature-oriented activity. Outdoorsy colleges are frequently located close to national parks, wilderness areas, and ski resorts. Some of the nation's best ski teams are found at outdoorsy colleges, [] Some outdoorsy colleges have special off-campus facilities and programs that get students out into the wilds.
  2. (informal) Fond of the outdoors.
    • 1954, “Press and Radio Coverage of the A.G.M.”, in Industrial Canada, volume 55, Toronto: Canadian Manufacturers' Association, OCLC 1681421, page 82:
      This room is high and wide and 71 feet long and when a dozen typewriters are lined up a reasonable distance apart in a room that size not even the outdoorsiest of the Fourth Estate could suggest that he was suffering from claustrophobia.
    • 1960, Esquire, volume 53, New York, N.Y.: Esquire Publishing, OCLC 471078322, page 184:
      Fall, though, is a time to be outdoors, at least part of the time, and you can be outdoorsier easier in Switzerland then than almost any place we know.
    • 1996, Galen Crane, “Gear without Fear”, in Adirondack Life, volume 27–28, Keene, N.Y.: Adirondack Life, OCLC 1983651, page 4:
      Of the Adirondackers who make their homes here and then rarely use them—the outdoorsiest of the outdoorspeople—some climb mountains, others cliffs; some push pedals, other paddles; []
    • 2009, Tracey Marley, Promise for Tomorrow: A Novel (Heritage House Series; I), Mustang, Okla., ↑ISBN, page 224:
      "There's nothing wrong with outdoorsy women," he said, pausing to let his eyes fall down the length of her body as if he were re-evaluating his first judgment. "You're just not one of them. Efficient maybe, but not outdoorsy."
    • 2012 August, Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Little, Brown & Company, ↑ISBN:
      Let's say I'm at the playground with my daughter. I'm bleary-eyed, pushing her on the swings, and one swing over there's an outdoorsy father – because fathers only come in one style here, and that's outdoorsy.