Definition of outing in English:


Syllabification: out·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈoutiNG


  • 1A trip taken for pleasure, especially one lasting a day or less: they would go on family outings to the movies
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    • In addition to theory courses, students join a weekly practical language outing which lets you try out your new skills in the big bad world of French Montreal.
    • For every weekend where I have a major social outing, I need another weekend that I spend at home quietly.
    • Now, after three weeks, she calls me and asks me to a New Year's outing.
    (pleasure) trip, excursion, jaunt, expedition, day out, (mystery) tour, drive, ride, run
    informal junket, spin
  • 1.1A brief journey from home: her daily outing to the stores
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    • Handwoven out of natural straw, the basket is large enough to hold everything for a daily outing.
    • An outing for him was a daily visit to the spaza shop, even if it was just to buy some sweets.
    • She and Cara share shopping outings and countless hours in the kitchen, where Cara is an enthusiastic helper.
  • 1.2 informal An appearance in something, as an athletic event or show: her first screen outing in three years
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    • He has put up some eye-opening numbers in his first three outings (two relief appearances and one start).
    • He has scored a whopping 36 goals in 37 Champions League outings and leads all scorers in this season's competition with eight.
    • Stevenson has also played in five career playoff outings.
  • 2The act or practice of revealing the homosexuality of a person.
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    • I have always been against outing closeted gays just for the hell of it.
    • Nevertheless, outing is justifiable as an ethical and journalistic matter when two criteria are met.
    • He is the last person who should be saying now that he is the victim of a ‘brutal outing.’
    exposure, unmasking, revelation


late Middle English (in the sense 'the action of going out or of expelling'): from the verb out + -ing1.

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