noun, plural in form but singular in construction
\ ˌau̇t-ə(v)-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce out-of-doors (audio) \

Definition of out-of-doors

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out of doors


Definition of out of doors (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for out-of-doors

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

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Examples of out-of-doors in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This might have been acceptable, even welcome, when work meant physical labor performed out of doors (beer breaks were common), but alcohol’s effects became a problem when work involved machines or numbers, as more and more of it did. Michael Pollan, The Atlantic, "Capitalism’s Favorite Drug," 6 Apr. 2020 These outdoor homages to the allure of artificial light have been a seasonal fixture in Chicago for decades now, drawing humans out of doors and through the gates of normally quiet venues. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "A guide to the biggest holiday lights shows in the Chicago area, including Zoolights and a brand new look for the Chicago Botanic Garden," 20 Nov. 2019 Travis made the hood vent for it, and a bench in the kitchen, out of doors that were in this room. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Victorian farmhouse transformed after 5 years of gutting, stripping, replacing, redecorating," 12 Sep. 2019 Socializing involves far too much being out of doors and a terrible amount of clothing wearing. Laura Norkin, Glamour, "‘Päntsdrunk’ Is the Scandinavian Wellness Trend We Need Right Now," 29 May 2018 This marks the first time the rumored couple took their romance out of doors. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "After Teasing For Months, Hailey Baldwin & Shawn Mendes Confirm They Are A Couple," 8 May 2018 The Romantics probably had it right: Spending time out of doors can be an antidote to industrialization’s ill effects. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "Paperback Row," 30 Mar. 2018 Just be sure to plant them in a container that can easily be moved in and out of doors. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, AL.com, "Too early for tomatoes? (Garden Talk)," 4 Apr. 2018 The over/under was developed purely for the enjoyment of the out of doors. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "2 shots at a time: In praise of the classic over/under Browning shotgun," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of out-of-doors

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

1819, in the meaning defined above


1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of out-of-doors was in 1530

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“Out-of-doors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out-of-doors. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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out of doors


English Language Learners Definition of out of doors

: outside rather than inside a building


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Kids Definition of out-of-doors

: outdoors entry 2 She loves to paint the out-of-doors.

out of doors


Kids Definition of out of doors

: outdoors entry 1 He worked out of doors.

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