out·​wear ˌau̇t-ˈwer How to pronounce outwear (audio)
outwore ˌau̇t-ˈwȯr How to pronounce outwear (audio) ; outworn ˌau̇t-ˈwȯrn How to pronounce outwear (audio) ; outwearing

transitive verb

: to last longer than
a fabric that outwears others

Examples of outwear in a Sentence

these running shoes have outworn any others that I have ever bought a daily grind that would outwear anybody
Recent Examples on the Web One result is that the national railway—which before the war was disparaged as uncomfortable, slow, and outworn—has become critically important for transporting people and goods. Nataliya Gumenyuk, Foreign Affairs, 24 Feb. 2023 Rihanna — who is currently expecting her first baby, with boyfriend A$AP Rocky — paired the animal-print outwear with a pair of black sweatpants, a set of furry brown heels and a black hat over her hair that fell behind her shoulders in loose waves. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 18 Feb. 2022 Down is a type of filling that comes from featherlike plumage from birds and is what often gives winter outwear a distinct puff. Lauren Levy, NBC News, 16 Dec. 2020 There’s nothing like layering and this week on Instagram, as temperatures fluctuate, creatives are having fun pairing chic outwear with their everyday essentials. Nandi Howard and Danielle Wright, Essence, 4 Dec. 2020 Kids will definitely outgrow rather than outwear this durable jacket. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, 27 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outwear was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Outwear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outwear. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


out·​wear (ˈ)au̇t-ˈwa(ə)r How to pronounce outwear (audio)
outwore -ˈwō(ə)r How to pronounce outwear (audio)
; outworn -ˈwō(ə)rn How to pronounce outwear (audio)
; outwearing
: to last longer than
a fabric that outwears others
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