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[out-dawrz, -dohrz] /ˌaʊtˈdɔrz, -ˈdoʊrz/
out of doors; in the open air:
He's happiest when he's outdoors.
(used with a singular verb) the world outside of or away from houses; open air:
Our whole family likes the outdoors.
Origin of outdoors
1810-20; earlier out (of) doors Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for outdoors
  • Keep curtains and blinds open to allow natural light in the house as well as to provide a view of the outdoors.
  • RV camping combines the luxuries of home with the rugged nature of the outdoors.
  • Even the simplest open fire is likely to draw people outdoors.
  • Eco-therapists counsel patients to slow down and reconnect with nature by hiking, gardening or simply taking walks outdoors.
  • Fresh water is stored in two covered reservoir tanks outdoors against the mountainside.
  • But if you spend time outdoors, it will shake you up in lovely ways.
  • The ceremony is held outdoors, and it is usually hot.
  • They can train in the gym during off-hours or outdoors.
  • Dress boots could be fine, unless you will be strolling around the entire campus outdoors.
  • Felt indoors by many, outdoors by few during the day.
British Dictionary definitions for outdoors


Also out-of-doors. in the open air; outside
the world outside or far away from human habitation: the great outdoors
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outdoors

1817, from outdoor + adverbial genitive. As a noun, "open spaces," recorded from 1857.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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