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

Examples of outing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He's allowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits with 21 strikeouts and four walks, hitting 100 mph on the radar gun even in his first outing. Mike Fitzpatrick, ajc, 27 July 2022 Rihanna wore a black oversized puffy jacket with a silver chain necklace and hoop earrings for the outing. Amethyst Tate, PEOPLE.com, 26 July 2022 Julie and Andrew’s must-haves when packing for an outing. Kid-friendly gear that has worked (and not worked) for Julie and Andrew. oregonlive, 21 July 2022 As the parent of three daughters and a longtime fan of Thinx, Adlon described the partnership as a natural fit for her first commercial outing. Ashley Hume, Variety, 18 July 2022 Middleton has been a largely effective middle reliever over his career with the Angels Mariners and Diamondbacks, but his first outing as a Diamondback didn't go well. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 15 July 2022 The actress sported a bright red mani-pedi, but otherwise seemed to wear no makeup for the outing, and kept her wavy hair in a messy, loose do. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2022 Their first outing was Coney Island, Mr. Chin remembered. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Stanford, on his first Lake Michigan fishing outing, took the rod and landed an 8-pound lake trout. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outing

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Jul 2022

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“Outing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outing. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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