out·​ing | \ ˈau̇-tiŋ How to pronounce outing (audio) \
plural outings

Definition of outing

1 : a brief usually outdoor pleasure trip
2 : an athletic competition or race also : an appearance therein
3 : a usually public presentation or appearance (as in a particular role) her first outing as a novelist
4 : the public disclosure of the covert sexual orientation or gender identity of a prominent person

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Examples of outing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the blister, which Ohtani first developed during spring training, became an issue near the end of his outing, when his command began to fade. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Blister healed, Shohei Ohtani to start Tuesday for the Angels against Rangers," 18 Apr. 2021 The left-hander’s walk captured the tone of his outing. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cole Irvin leads A's to another shutout win over Tigers," 17 Apr. 2021 Perez hit 96 miles per hour with one fastball and was at 94-95 for much of his outing. BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox’ Franchy Cordero makes long-awaited spring training debut," 20 Mar. 2021 Harvey pitched two innings and allowed three runs on four hits in his first time out for the Orioles, and his impressions of the outing were as mixed as his thoughts on it. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles observation’s on Matt Harvey’s spring debut, DJ Stewart’s injury, and a big blast from Ryan Mountcastle," 5 Mar. 2021 Bumgarner was hesitant to make too much of the outing. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Madison Bumgarner dominant in first Cactus League outing," 5 Mar. 2021 And so the performative nature of the outing is reduced. Washington Post, "Joe Biden goes to church. Politics remains outside.," 9 Dec. 2020 Had Norb skipped the 2020 edition of the outing, the rest of us would have understood, given his age. Star Tribune, "Generations hunt together, relate with the land," 21 Nov. 2020 Charlie made the most of his final outing, digging large holes in the sand and playing in the waves. Macon Atkinson, USA TODAY, "South Carolina woman's heartwarming obituary for beloved golden retriever goes viral," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of outing

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2021

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“Outing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outing. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outing

: a brief trip that people take for fun usually as a group
: a time when an athlete (such as a baseball pitcher) competes in a game or contest
: an act of telling the public that a person is homosexual when that person does not want the public to know


out·​ing | \ ˈau̇-tiŋ How to pronounce outing (audio) \

Kids Definition of outing

: a brief usually outdoor trip for pleasure We went on an outing to the beach.

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