out·​fly ˌau̇t-ˈflī How to pronounce outfly (audio)
outflew ˌau̇t-ˈflü How to pronounce outfly (audio) ; outflown ˌau̇t-ˈflōn How to pronounce outfly (audio) ; outflying

transitive verb

: to surpass, avoid, or overcome by flying faster or better than
The pair launch a partnership bantering at lightspeed while trying to outfly, outshoot and outlast a battalion of pursuit ships.Colin Covert
The Kingfisher also finds protection in the swiftness of its flight, which enables it to outfly most bird predators.Fred Mison
… overconfident pilots who believe they can outfly microbursts.Henry Lansford

Examples of outfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are brief moments of peril when characters outfly villainous birds, get zapped by electrical lines and fall from the sky. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 21 June 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outfly was in 1602

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“Outfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outfly. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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