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adjective out·er \ˈau̇-tər\

Definition of outer

  1. 1 :  existing independent of mind :  objective outer reality

  2. 2a :  situated farther out the outer limitsb :  being away from a center the planet's outer ringsc :  situated or belonging on the outside an outer covering

Examples of outer in a Sentence

  1. the outer edges of the roof

  2. The package's outer covering was damaged.

  3. I removed the outer skin of the onion.

  4. Her inner turmoil was masked by an outer calm.

Origin and Etymology of outer

Middle English, from 4out + 1-er


First Known Use: 13th century


OUTER Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective out·er \ˈau̇-tər\

Definition of outer for English Language Learners

  • : located on or toward the outside of something : not on or at the inside or center of something

  • : of or relating to a person's body or physical appearance rather than to a person's mind or spirit


OUTER Defined for Kids

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adjective out·er \ˈau̇-tər\

Definition of outer for Students

  1. :  located on the outside or farther out I peeled off the onion's outer skin. Storms damaged the outer row of trees.



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