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[out-uh v-dawrz, -dohrz] /ˈaʊt əvˈdɔrz, -ˈdoʊrz/
Also, out-of-door. outdoor.
(used with a singular verb) outdoors.
Origin of out-of-doors
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for out-of-doors
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  • Lovers of nature and the out-of-doors were attracted by the study of bee life, and early beekeepers were invariably bee lovers.

  • There was the out-of-doors breakfast party, too, on the terrace at Shepheard's.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • I blessed my brothers who had enriched my childhood with the lore of out-of-doors.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • It was a raw evening out-of-doors, but it was cosy in there.

  • They met again at lunch, and they spent the afternoon out-of-doors.

    A Mad Love Bertha M. Clay
  • All that is needed is the out-of-doors, a group of boys, and a competent leader.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • This was how I sat in my dream when my father had turned me out-of-doors.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • As has been said it was out-of-doors, but the air was perfectly still.

    Due West Maturin Murray Ballou
  • Desolation was out-of-doors, and desolation was in their hearts.

  • There was no sky, there was no luminous atmosphere of out-of-doors.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for out-of-doors


adverb, adjective
(postpositive) in the open air; outside Also outdoors
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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