outré

adjective ou·tré \ ü-ˈtrā \

Definition of outré

: violating convention or propriety : bizarre

Examples of outré in a Sentence

  1. His art is a bit too outré for most people to enjoy.

  2. an actor known more for his outré offscreen antics than for his on-screen performances

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Origin and Etymology of outré

French, from past participle of outrer to go beyond, carry to excess, from Old French ultrer, utrer, from ultre, outre beyond


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outré

adjective

Definition of outré for English Language Learners

  • : very strange, unusual, or shocking


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