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


noun, plural in form but singular in construction

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for outdoors

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Antonyms: Adverb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb He was found outdoors with a gunshot wound, according to the police. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Take all that cozy warmth and venture outdoors with confidence due to the aggressive traction which features 7-millimeter multi-directional lugs — just what the winter hiking doctor ordered for superior grip capabilities. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Live music taking place outdoors at E. O. Smith High School MANSFIELD – An outdoor concert on the lawn of E. O. Smith High School, 1235 Storrs Road, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 For gardening outdoors, multiply the length, width and height of your space to calculate the cubic feet, then divide by 27 to determine cubic inches. Brittany Vanderbill, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2022 Dan DiClerico is the director of home improvement & outdoors at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2022 Summer means spending more time outdoors, but there are a number of hazards to keep in mind beyond heatstroke, parasites, and toxic plants. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 5 May 2022 Keep gatherings small and hold them outdoors, if possible. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 An additional 550 people were tallied as living outdoors in suburban Washington and Clackamas counties. oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction The heart-thumping excitement of seeing a bald eagle in the wild is something that every lover of the outdoors should experience without having to travel to far away wild places. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2022 Lovers of the outdoors will enjoy visiting the Po Delta Park with its unique vegetation and wildlife. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Patients in rooms with daylight and views of the outdoors have quicker recovery times and need fewer painkillers. Steven Lockley, Scientific American, 18 Mar. 2021 In his spare time, Alexander Clark loved to fish and soak in the outdoors. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2022 Having access to extra power will allow your mom to be outside longer while enjoying commuting from point A to point B in town or while traveling on a path in the outdoors. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The company partners with The Fresh Air Fund, which helps get underserved youth into the outdoors by facilitating a summer camp experience near Sleepy Hollow, in upstate New York. Outside Online, 15 Dec. 2021 Overlanding is the autophile’s way to plunge into the outdoors. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2021 Keep reading for backpacking tips for beginners, as well as things to consider when coaxing teens into the outdoors. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Outdoors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdoors. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for outdoors


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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