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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English outre, outer, outter, uttre, from Old English ūtre, ūtera, ūterra (outer), equivalent to out +‎ -er. Compare German äußere (outer), Danish ydre (outer), Swedish yttre (outer), Icelandic ytri (outer).

Adjective edit

outer (comparative (rare) outermore, superlative outermost)

  1. Outside; external.
  2. Farther from the centre of the inside.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 14, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, →OCLC:
      Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall. Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.
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outer (plural outers)

  1. An outer part.
    • 2015 February 7, Val Bourne, “The quiet man of the world of snowdrops”, in The Daily Telegraph (London), page G8:
      'Phil Cornish' [a snowdrop variety] is like a cross between a pixie hat and a pagoda, with elegant upswept outers [outer petals] marked in a green colour-wash at the top and warpaint slashes at the lower end.
  2. (sports) An uncovered section of the seating at a stadium or sportsground.
  3. (military, firearms) The fourth circle on a target, outside the inner and magpie.
  4. A shot which strikes the outer of a target.
  5. (retail) The smallest single unit sold by wholesalers to retailers, usually one retail display box.
    We ordered two cartons with twelve outers in each.
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Etymology 2 edit

out (verb) +‎ -er (agent suffix)

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outer (plural outers)

  1. Someone who admits to something publicly.
  2. Someone who outs another.
    • 2002, Simon Gage, Lisa Richards, Howard Wilmot, Queer: The Ultimate User's Guide, page 88:
      From the early 90s, these were some of the fiercest debates raging in the gay press and in gay and straight bars worldwide as blabbermouths blabbed, sometimes just for the sheer hell of it, and gay celebrities ran for cover or bit the bullet and pipped the outers to the post.
  3. One who puts out, ousts, or expels.
  4. An ouster; dispossession.
  5. (UK politics) One who supports leaving the European Union.
    • 2013 January 25, Jon Cruddas, “Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left the EU? by David Charter”, in The Independent[1]:
      The 51.4 per cent to 48.6 per cent victory of the "outers" broke the back of the Labour government.
    • 2015 May 7, Guy Faulconbridge, “Britain's EU "outers" see opportunity in wake of Greece's "No"”, in Reuters[2]:
    • 2016 February 16, Robert Shrimsley, “Gimme a Brexit break”, in Financial Times[3]:
      Meanwhile, outers are disporting themselves on TV in luminous green ties, hand-woven by first years at the Dronefield Academy for the Sartorially Challenged.
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  • (one who supports leaving the EU): inner
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all terms containing "outer", regardless of meaning and etymology

Etymology 3 edit

out (adjective) +‎ -er (comparative suffix)

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  1. comparative form of out ((more) open about one's sexuality, etc): more out
    • 2020 September 3, Will Young, To be a Gay Man, Random House, →ISBN:
      And 'I like to wear a silly hat; I get camper by the hour. I'm Will Young and I'm gay. Did you know I was gay? I hid it for a while. But now I'm out, I'm outer than you would believe'. []
    • 2016 July 14, Telly Davidson, Culture War: How the '90s Made Us Who We Are Today (Whether We Like It or Not), McFarland, →ISBN, page 90:
      [] outer-than-out literary lions like Edmund White and David Ehrenstein would later note, this final proof that the []
    • 1996, Marion Lynn, Voices: Essays on Canadian Families, →ISBN, page 149:
      John rightly deplores any sign of an "outer-than-thou❞ smugness in my occasionally critical attitude to his decision not to disclose his sexual identity to his parents. [] Outness, I've come to realize, is not an absolute state of public exposure or an immutable []

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