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outdoors

[out-dawrz, -dohrz] /ˌaʊtˈdɔrz, -ˈdoʊrz/
adverb
1.
out of doors; in the open air:
He's happiest when he's outdoors.
noun
2.
(used with a singular verb) the world outside of or away from houses; open air:
Our whole family likes the outdoors.
adjective
3.
Origin of outdoors
1810-1820
1810-20; earlier out (of) doors
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  • The lazy little people cried out in their hunger to the manito, the spirit who watched all outdoors, to come and help them.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • The first day he's outdoors he'll go back to that old hole—you'll see!

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Paul loved all outdoors, and for some years had spent every bit of time he could during his vacations away from town.

  • A monthly magazine of the outdoors that is made for outdoor men and women.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • The cold, indoors as well as outdoors, necessitated that people wear ample and warm garments.

British Dictionary definitions for outdoors

outdoors

/ˌaʊtˈdɔːz/
adverb
1.
Also out-of-doors. in the open air; outside
noun
2.
the world outside or far away from human habitation: the great outdoors
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Word Origin and History for outdoors
adv.

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

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