Definition of outer in English:


Syllabification: out·er
Pronunciation: /ˈoutər


  • 1Outside; external: the outer door
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    • She came to a stop outside the outer door to the king's privy chamber, swallowing hard.
    • He also admits he might be running out of countries since his brand of humour touches only ‘a very superficial outer layer’ of each place.
    • Skinflint walkers can walk on by the gatehouse and follow the deep ditch that runs outside the high outer curtain of 14 th-century walls.
  • 1.1Further from the center or inside: the outer hall at the museum’s main entrance
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    • ‘There's no comparison between Manchester city centre and the outer areas and it would help everybody in the area,’ he added.
    • In the last seven years, more than 80,000 households have been relocated from city centre to outer areas.
    • Surely it makes sense to develop that and allow a phased switch from the city centre to an outer Dublin location.
  • 1.2(Especially in place names) more remote: Outer Mongolia
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    • He spent his childhood and teenage years in the suburbs of outer London, already marginalised, already looking in at the centre from the edges.
    • It sounds more like the quality of life in a struggling inner-city area than a leafy outer London suburb like Bexley.
    outlying, distant, remote, faraway, furthest, peripheral; suburban
  • 1.3Objective or physical; not subjective.
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    • We work with the outer form of our physical existence by bringing our complete attention to the physical body, which is the primary basis for our clinging.
    • The film plays with the concepts of inner beauty and outer beauty, physical beauty and the beauty of true emotions.
    • Strictly speaking, our knowledge reaches only as far as the phenomena of inner and outer experience.


late Middle English: from out + -er2, replacing earlier utter1.

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