out·​burst ˈau̇t-ˌbərst How to pronounce outburst (audio)
: a violent expression of feeling
an outburst of anger
: a surge of activity or growth
new outbursts of creative powerC. E. Montague
: eruption
volcanic outbursts

Example Sentences

the judge directed the courtroom spectators to refrain from any outbursts when the verdict was read there was a remarkable outburst of work in the office as the visiting VIPs made their tour
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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outburst was in 1657

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“Outburst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outburst. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


out·​burst -ˌbərst How to pronounce outburst (audio)
: a sudden violent expression of strong feeling
an outburst of anger
: a sudden increase in activity or growth

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