Definition of outing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtɪŋ/


1A trip taken for pleasure, especially one lasting a day or less: a family outing to Weston-super-Mare
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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.
informal junket, spin, tootle, joyride, tool
Scottish informal hurl
1.1A brief journey from home: her daily outing to the shops
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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, especially a sporting event or film: Madonna’s 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.
2 [mass noun] The practice of revealing the homosexuality of a prominent person: the outing of gays by the press
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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, uncovering, revelation, exposé


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

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