When words are borrowed from other languages, it can sometimes seem that the idea the word expresses somehow goes beyond the limits of the language that adopted the new word. In the case of outréplay , that’s also a clue as to the borrowed word’s meaning. Outré means “violating convention or propriety” or “bizarre.” It is used to describe things that are unusual, extravagant, or shocking in some way:
The Donald Trump Paper Doll, the Hillary Clinton Paper Doll and the Bernie Sanders Paper Doll books (all by Tim Foley) cleverly play off the candidates' bios, and each gets 15 outfits. The Trump doll, not surprisingly, inspires the most outré costumes, such as the Statue of Liberty to connote his immigration policies.
—Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today, 7 July 2016
[Paul] Dano was immediately drawn to the screenplay's mix of heart and humor. He acknowledged that the film's outre shorthand could obscure what it's really about."Right now it's the farting corpse movie, but for people who've seen it, I hope it will be more than that," Dano said.
—Mark Olsen, Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2016
Santa Fe struck me as one of those places that draws in people who are looking for something more (for want of a better word) spiritual than the workaday modern world can generally supply. Dating from the Spanish colonial era and boasting the oldest public building in the US (the Palace of the Governors) and one of the oldest churches (the San Miguel Chapel), it's a gorgeous little town of soft-cornered, low-rise adobe buildings, with a tree-shaded plaza and wooden colonnades, funky galleries, acclaimed restaurants and outré therapies—not to mention the world-class O'Keeffe Museum.
—The Telegraph, 4 July 2016
Outré comes from the French verb outrer, which means “to exaggerate” or “to outrage.” Even though the word does refer to things “outside” of conventions, beware that it’s just a coincidence that outrer looks like the English word outer; it’s ultimately from the Latin word ultra, which means “beyond” or “farther.”