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

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 Then the event moves outdoors, where kids will participate in an obstacle course created by the Laurel Police Department. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, Laurel Leader, "Bike parade for kids is two-wheeled-fun [Old Town Laurel]," 7 June 2018 Since the screenings are outdoors, audience members are also encouraged to bring blankets or bundle up. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "'Campfire Horrors' Halloween movie series begins, continues through October at Northerly Island," 10 Oct. 2017 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

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

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 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

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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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