O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [out wurd]
    • /aʊt wɜrd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [out wurd]
    • /aʊt wɜrd/

Definitions of out-word word

  • noun out-word a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning. Words are composed of one or more morphemes and are either the smallest units susceptible of independent use or consist of two or three such units combined under certain linking conditions, as with the loss of primary accent that distinguishes black·bird· from black· bird·. Words are usually separated by spaces in writing, and are distinguished phonologically, as by accent, in many languages. 1
  • noun out-word (used in combination with the first letter of an offensive or unmentionable word, the first letter being lowercase or uppercase, with or without a following hyphen): My mom married at 20, and she mentions the m-word every time I meet someone she thinks is eligible. See also f-word, n-word. 1
  • noun out-word words. speech or talk: to express one's emotion in words; Words mean little when action is called for. the text or lyrics of a song as distinguished from the music. contentious or angry speech; a quarrel: We had words and she walked out on me. 1
  • noun out-word a short talk or conversation: Marston, I'd like a word with you. 1
  • noun out-word an expression or utterance: a word of warning. 1
  • noun out-word warrant, assurance, or promise: I give you my word I'll be there. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of out-word

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch woord, German Wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd; akin to OPruss wirds, Latin verbum ‘word’, Lithuanian var̃das ‘name’

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Out-word


out-word popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?