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


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Examples of outdoors in a Sentence


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

So, when the dogs days of summer come, cook meals outdoors on the grill, use a microwave or crock pot, or even a toaster oven, which produces much less heat—and uses less electricity—than a full-size oven. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cool Down a Room (Without Blasting A/C)," 7 June 2019 Terraces and balconies add more living space outdoors. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Lucy Hale parts with her pretty digs in Studio City," 7 June 2019 Louis, in particular, seemed to enjoy his time outdoors. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Louis Will Reportedly Attend Trooping the Colour for the First Time This Weekend," 3 June 2019 For those who aren’t concerned about anyone peeping over their shoulder, the EliteBook 830 G6 comes with an optional 1,000-nit display, specifically for working outdoors. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP's EliteBook 800 G6 notebook series adds convenience, privacy features," 16 Apr. 2019 Earlier this year, the medical examiner reported a record number of homeless deaths across the county in 2018, with 191 people dying outdoors. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "King County homicides in 2018: troubling trends in homeless cases, random killings," 13 Apr. 2019 In one rural town, the whole community seemed to be outdoors, working their lawn mowers and landscaping projects on a Sunday afternoon. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "What it’s like to take a 35-hour ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle," 29 Mar. 2019 There will also be fitness classes outdoors, where participants will scale the 154 flights of stairs on Thomas Heatherwick’s 150-foot-tall Vessel sculpture, which is Hudson Yards’ public-art centerpiece. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 For children, summer brings the delight of endless hours outdoors, enjoying nature in full flourish. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018

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

Dog-friendly patios Note: Dog-friendly dining is outdoors and can depend on several factors, including the weather, how busy the restaurant is and who is working. Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Parties in the park and on the patio and more things to do," 7 June 2019 Bob loved spending time outdoors, especially his weekly walks. courant.com, "Robert B. McBride," 5 June 2019 Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Watch the Cambridge Children Play Together in Kate's Garden," 20 May 2019 Now that the weather is (hopefully) warming up in your neck of the woods, the concept of exercising outdoors is finally appealing again. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This 4-Move Workout Works Your Whole Body—and All You Need Is a Step," 19 Apr. 2019 Our passion and love for the outdoors is unchanged. Meagan Flynn, idahostatesman, "REI stops buying CamelBak bottles, other items from this company with NRA ties | Idaho Statesman," 2 Mar. 2018 The connection of the house to the outdoors was rooted to the lot, but it was disconnected. Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "A modernizing remodel keeps a connection to the past while reconnecting to nature," 29 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of outdoors


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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English Language Learners Definition of outdoors

: outside a building : not inside a building


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.



Kids Definition of outdoors (Entry 2 of 2)

: the open air

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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