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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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  • The brewery at Baslehurst stood on the outskirts of the town, in a narrow lane which led from the church into the High-street.

    Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope
  • And then suddenly came a loud cry from the outskirts of the crowd.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Dick knew Captain Handlee as an old soldier, who lived in a tumble-down house on the outskirts of the village.

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • But when they came to the outskirts of the city they were charmed and wanted to go on forever.

  • Mr. Romeyn's church was in a mission centre on the outskirts of the city, and Frances gladly shared his parish labors.

    Brenda's Bargain Helen Leah Reed
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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