Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English outcasten, equivalent to out- +‎ cast.


outcast (third-person singular simple present outcasts, present participle outcasting, simple past and past participle outcast)

  1. To cast out; to banish. [from 14th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1:
      All as a blazing starre doth farre outcast / His hearie beames, and flaming lockes dispredd [...].


outcast (comparative more outcast, superlative most outcast)

  1. That has been cast out; banished, ostracized. [from 14th c.]
    • (Can we date this quote by Longfellow and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Outcast, rejected.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English outcaste, outecaste, equivalent to out- +‎ cast.


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outcast (plural outcasts)

  1. One that has been excluded from a society or system, a pariah. [from 14th c.]
    Synonyms: outsider, vagrant, exile, beggar
  2. (more generally) Someone who does not belong; a misfit.
    • 2019, Amanda Koci, Henry Walter, Charlie Puth, Maria Smith, Victor Thellm Gigi Grombacher, Roland Spreckle (lyrics and music), “So Am I”, performed by Ava Max:
      Do you ever feel like an outcast?
      You don't have to fit into the format
      Oh, but it's okay to be different
      'Cause baby, so am I
  3. (Scotland) A quarrel.
  4. The amount of increase in bulk of grain in malting.