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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English outen, uten, from Old English ūtan (from outside, on the outside, without), from Proto-Germanic *ūtiniz, dative singular of Proto-Germanic *ūtô, *ūtą (outside), from Proto-Indo-European *ūd- (up, over). Cognate with Middle Low German ûten (out, forth), German außen (outside, out), Swedish utan (without, free from). More at out.



  1. (archaic or dialectal) Out; out of; out from.
    • 1914, Edgar Rice Burrows, The Mucker[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2009:
      so if any of you ginks are me frien's yeh better keep outen here so's yeh won't get hurted.


outen (comparative more outen, superlative most outen)

  1. (chiefly dialectal) Being from without; strange; foreign; peculiar.
    an outen man
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Etymology 2Edit

From out +‎ -en.


outen (third-person singular simple present outens, present participle outening, simple past and past participle outened)

  1. (transitive, chiefly dialectal) To put out; extinguish.
    • 2012, K. A. Kron, Shades of Gray, page 2017:
      I shined the light directly in his eyes, temporarily blinding him, then outened it and ran through the tunnel in the dark as best I could, not knowing where I was going.
    • 2017, Beverly Lewis, The Missing, page 274:
      When Susan said good-night and they outened the lights and headed to their respective rooms, Lettie found her most treasured book of poems.



Borrowed from English to out.



outen (third-person singular simple present outet, past tense outete, past participle geoutet, auxiliary haben)

  1. (reflexive, colloquial) to out oneself (reveal oneself as having a certain secret)
  2. (LGBT) to out (reveal (a person) to be secretly homosexual)
    Meine Schwester hat mich bei meinen Eltern geoutet!
    My sister outed me to my parents!
  3. (reflexive, LGBT) to come out of the closet, come out
    Wann hast du dich geoutet?
    When did you come out?




  1. inflection of out:
    1. strong genitive masculine/neuter singular
    2. weak/mixed genitive/dative all-gender singular
    3. strong/weak/mixed accusative masculine singular
    4. strong dative plural
    5. weak/mixed all-case plural

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