outdoors

adverb
out·​doors | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce outdoors (audio) , ˈau̇t-ˈdȯrz\

Definition of outdoors

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: outside a building : in or into the open air

Definition of outdoors (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place or location away from the confines of a building
2 : the world away from human habitations

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outdoors

Synonyms: Adverb

alfresco, out, outside

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

nature, open, open air, out-of-doors, wild, wilderness

Antonyms: Adverb

indoors

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Examples of outdoors in a Sentence

Adverb

The game is meant to be played outdoors. He worked outdoors all afternoon. I went outdoors for some fresh air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Hanae Bettencourt, education associate for Seattle Audubon, said the smoke has had an impact on the organization’s Nature Camp programming, with camp supervisors cutting field trips short, limiting time outdoors and moving activities inside. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "After wildfires, Washington’s outdoors industry braces for smoky summers ahead," 3 Sep. 2018 The company encourages its employees to spend the day outdoors with friends and family instead of shopping (or working). Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "9 Fascinating Facts About Black Friday History," 21 Aug. 2018 For three weeks earlier this summer, the 142nd had been conducting an emergency deployment readiness exercise in Wyoming, training and sleeping outdoors, subsisting on field rations. Bob Greene, WSJ, "A Soldier Never Forgets North Platte," 22 July 2018 The climbers were caught off-guard by high winds, snow and bitter cold, and were forced to spend the night outdoors, Valais police spokesman Markus Rieder said. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "4 climbers die in Swiss Alps after unexpected snowstorm," 30 Apr. 2018 After several nights of sleeping outdoors, the migrants had begun adapting to this bivouacked life. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "The caravan of migrants that’s alarmed President Trump has now stalled," 3 Apr. 2018 All of the seating is outdoors and several of the picnic tables are in the shade. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "8 Places to Celebrate the Year of the Dog With Your Dog," 7 Feb. 2018 Winter weather making a mess of your trips outdoors with your pet?! Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The MudBuster Will Stop Your Dog From Tracking Mud Inside The House," 15 Feb. 2019 Thanks to fat bikes, cyclists in cold, snowy places can keep riding outdoors, Stevens says. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Big, Fat Fat-Biking Adventure," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts group says that more than 110 million people have participated in its educational programs, which promote outdoors skills, character-building and leadership. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "Boy Scouts of America Considers Bankruptcy Filing Amid Sex-Abuse Lawsuits," 12 Dec. 2018 The outdoors is the first thing many people associate with Norway, but the country’s compact capital, where nature closely coexists with urbanity, is an increasingly popular destination. Vogue, "How to Spend a Romantic, Relaxed Day in Oslo," 28 Aug. 2018 With recent wildfire smoke causing locals to stay indoors and tourists to cancel plans, Washington state’s outdoors industry is grappling with financial losses, and facing with uncertainty what may become the new normal for Washington summers. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "After wildfires, Washington’s outdoors industry braces for smoky summers ahead," 3 Sep. 2018 For lawn geeks like him, the attractions also include spending time outdoors and meeting their (often envious) neighbors. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Plucking Blades by Hand, Vacuuming the Grass: This Is Extreme Lawn Care," 15 July 2018 For the past few years, McWilliams, originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been backpacking around the United States and Canada, making money on odd jobs and as an outdoors survival instructor. Patty Hodapp, Outside Online, "The Man Who Survived a Rattler, Bear, and Shark Attack," 10 July 2018 Ticks Hitting the great outdoors is one of the best parts of summer, but long hikes come with their own set of hazards. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Summer Has Arrived — Here's How to Avoid Flesh-Eating Bacteria & More Warm Weather Health Hazards," 5 June 2018 Christopher Reynolds Born and raised in California, Christopher Reynolds has written about travel, the outdoors, arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times since 1990. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Rockers, punks and cowboys find a rowdy haven at Cain's in Tulsa, Okla.," 14 June 2018 Preston 10, is a lover of the great outdoors — fishing, exploring and collecting Pokémon are his favorites. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "5 Siblings in Viral Wanted Ad Beg the World: "Adopt Us Together!"," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of outdoors

Adverb

circa 1729, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outdoors was circa 1729

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More Definitions for outdoors

outdoors

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of outdoors

: outside a building : not inside a building

outdoors

adverb
out·​doors | \ au̇t-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce outdoors (audio) \

Kids Definition of outdoors

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: outside a building : in or into the open air She likes to play outdoors.

outdoors

noun

Kids Definition of outdoors (Entry 2 of 2)

: the open air

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