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outré

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Pronunciation: /ˈuːtreɪ
 
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Definition of outré in English:

adjective

Unusual and typically rather shocking: the composer’s more outré harmonies
More example sentences
  • In this particular phase of Western literature, one of autobiography, perhaps a novelist of ideas, and rather outré ones at that, is simply unpalatable.
  • Here, they have made a path that winds, through the jungle, past some rather outré sculptures.
  • While you are not asserting this as existing fact, you are clearly offering a rather outré science-fiction work as a serious social prediction.
Synonyms
informal way-out, wacky, freaky, kooky, screwy, kinky, oddball, cranky
North American informal off the wall, in left field, bizarro
dated singular

Origin

French, literally 'exceeded', past participle of outrer (see outrage).

Words that rhyme with outré

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