out·​rig·​ger ˈau̇t-ˌri-gər How to pronounce outrigger (audio)
: a projection with a float or a shaped log at the end attached to a boat to prevent capsizing
: a spar or projecting beam run out from a ship's side to help secure the masts or from a mast to extend a rope or sail
: a boat equipped with an outrigger
: a projecting member run out from a main structure to provide additional stability or to support something
especially : a projecting frame to support the elevator or tailplanes of an airplane or the rotor of a helicopter

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One day four expert canoe steersmen in an outrigger went out to catch waves. Tasha Zemke, Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2022 Miongo’s and Abdalla’s dugout and outrigger canoes are not among these 6100 vessels registered by the tuna commission, which is dominated by industrial fishing fleets. Wanjohi Kabukuru, ajc, 7 July 2022 No one was injured, but Rumer said the outrigger was set on fire and exploded into splinters. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 27 June 2022 My grandparents were once long-distance outrigger canoe racers, and my grandfather still has a penchant for coaching my paddling technique. Chantae Reden, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 Overhead are foil boards, SUPs, tow boards, a kayak, sailboards, kiteboards, and the outrigger for a traditional Hawaiian canoe. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Once the outrigger broke, the boat capsized and sank in under five minutes, according to CBS Miami. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 9 May 2022 In the predawn light, Lorene de Guzman paddles out to sea in his tiny wooden outrigger to hand-feed the giants living in the water. New York Times, 24 Oct. 2021 And, to that end, outrigger canoes are stored below the restaurant for future sailing academy lessons on Hawaiian voyaging and wayfinding for locals and guests. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of outrigger was in 1742

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“Outrigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrigger. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


out·​rig·​ger ˈau̇t-ˌrig-ər How to pronounce outrigger (audio)
: a frame that extends from the side of a boat to prevent upsetting
: a boat equipped with an outrigger

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