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

The new poll found many caregivers find healthy ways to cope, such as praying, meditating, spending time outdoors or talking about their situation. Lauran Neergaard, The Seattle Times, "AP-NORC Poll: Many caregivers neglecting their own health," 15 Oct. 2018 In fact, campgrounds are the neighborhoods of our youth where kids can detach from technology and spend their days outdoors. Fox News, "How to get started with your own family-friendly RV adventure," 15 Aug. 2018 Extreme heat is costly for workers and the economy as a whole A huge slice of the US economy requires workers being outdoors and vulnerable to extreme temperatures. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Extreme heat has already killed several outdoor workers this summer, and climate change will heat waves more costly.," 27 July 2018 The combination of heat and humidity can cause stress on people exerting themselves, or even spending an extended period of time, outdoors, according to the weather service. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Heat Advisory Issued For Monday In Hartford," 17 June 2018 Melissa Torres-Duran of Grant High School is senior who loves being outdoors and hiking. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "2018 Rose Festival Queen is Kiara Johnson of Parkrose High," 9 June 2018 For those who love heights, an additional water slide will take riders through loops outdoors and back inside. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Construction nears the home stretch at Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee," 18 Apr. 2018 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

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

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 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

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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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The first known use of outdoors was circa 1729

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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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