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[out-skurt] /ˈaʊtˌskɜrt/
Often, outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city, metropolitan area, or the like:
to live on the outskirts of town; a sparsely populated outskirt.
Usually, outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified quality, condition, or the like:
the outskirts of respectability.
Origin of outskirt
1590-1600; out- + skirt Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outskirts
  • Use on the outskirts of gardens or in wide borders with other robust perennials.
  • There were burrowing owls living on the outskirts of my workplace property.
  • In either case, the globules formed floating freely in the outskirts of our solar system.
  • It is those who are on the outskirts who end up quarreling over details.
  • To get where it's going, the packet simply reveals the address of a machine on the outskirts of a company's network.
  • She didn't know that adjuncts are likely to be on the outskirts of faculty governance.
  • The outskirts social life seems to be organized around churches.
  • Toward nightfall he arrived at the outskirts of the town, and went on afoot.
  • He kills another calf on an adjacent ranch, and then a dog on the outskirts of a nearby town.
  • They are supposed to be on the periphery, stacked up on the outskirts.
British Dictionary definitions for outskirts


plural noun
(sometimes sing) outlying or bordering areas, districts, etc, as of a city
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Word Origin and History for outskirts



"outer border," 1590s, from out + skirt (n.). Now only in plural, outskirts. Originally in Spenser.

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