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outré

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adjective ou·tré \ü-ˈtrā\

Simple Definition of outré

  • : very strange, unusual, or shocking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outré

  1. :  violating convention or propriety :  bizarre

Examples of outré in a sentence

  1. His art is a bit too outré for most people to enjoy.

  2. <an actor known more for his outré offscreen antics than for his on-screen performances>



Origin and Etymology of outré

French, from past participle of outrer to go beyond, carry to excess, from Old French ultrer, utrer, from ultre, outre beyond


First Known Use: 1722


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