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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [out-burst]
    • /ˈaʊtˌbɜrst/
    • /ˈaʊt.bɜːst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [out-burst]
    • /ˈaʊtˌbɜrst/

Definitions of outburst word

  • noun outburst a sudden and violent release or outpouring: an outburst of tears. 1
  • noun outburst a sudden spell of activity, energy, etc. 1
  • noun outburst a public disturbance; riot; outbreak. 1
  • noun outburst a bursting forth; eruption. 1
  • noun outburst A sudden release of strong emotion. 1
  • noun outburst emotional 1

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Origin of outburst

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
First recorded in 1650-60; out- + burst

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Parts of speech for Outburst


outburst popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for outburst

noun outburst

  • outpouring — outpouring.
  • upsurge — to surge up; increase; rise: Water upsurged. Crime upsurged.
  • surge — a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the onward surge of an angry mob.
  • eruption — An act or instance of erupting.
  • explosion — A violent and destructive shattering or blowing apart of something, as is caused by a bomb.

Antonyms for outburst

noun outburst

  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • peace — the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • harmony — agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
  • order — an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate.

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