out·​earn ˌau̇t-ˈərn How to pronounce outearn (audio)
outearned; outearning; outearns

transitive verb

: to earn more money or a higher income than
Inevitably, more of them will outearn their husbands.Kim Clark

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lorilyn Wilson, an accountant in Oregon, tries to break the mold by listing women first, especially women who outearn their husbands. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 6 May 2021 And one recent study actually found that women who outearn their husbands actually do more of the domestic work, not less. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2022 Joanna Syrda, an assistant economics professor at the University of Bath School of Management in England, recently studied over 6,000 heterosexual North American married households in which wives outearn husbands. Jane Thier, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 Numbers show that, generation by generation, people are becoming less and less likely to outearn their parents. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 16 June 2021 Over 64% of mothers are co- or primary breadwinners, defined as married or unmarried women who either outearn their partners or bring home at least a quarter of the household's income through their wages. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, 1 Dec. 2020 By way of comparison, bachelor’s-degree holders outearn high-school grads by something like a million dollars over the course of their lives. The Editors, National Review, 19 Nov. 2020 More women outearn their husbands, which causes friction for millennial couples. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2020 Today, BofA not only outearns Wells—which has been bedeviled by the fallout from its aggressive sales culture—but the former’s valuation is more than $100 billion higher, at $325 billion. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outearn was in 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Outearn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outearn. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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