Definition of outport in English:



  • 1A subsidiary port built near an existing one.

    ‘larger ships and cargoes made it necessary to create a new port, or outport, at Avonmouth’
    • ‘The chapter on ports scarcely mentions the slave trade, much less their work on the English outports.’
    1. 1.1British Any British port other than London.
      • ‘Its stranglehold on overseas trade, and therefore on most of the early banking and financial activity, was slow to ease; in consequence much of the trade from most of the outports had to be directed via London.’
      • ‘Case studies of the shipping and trade of major outports like Liverpool and Hull have contributed valuable evidence to the on-going debate about the origins and character of the industrial revolution.’
      • ‘Antwerp also secured the dominance of London - the nearest estuarial port - over the other English ports, which became known by the end of the century simply as the outports.’
  • 2Canadian (especially in Newfoundland) a small remote fishing village.

    • ‘As much as it sounds like the name of an outport fishing village somewhere in Newfoundland, it is not an actual place but rather a state of being.’
    • ‘His plot kicks in when, by a twist of fate and some benevolent blackmail, a young doctor is forced to leave Montreal and spend a mouth on the windswept outport.’
    • ‘It's an east island accent, that Protestant strain you find in certain outports.’
    • ‘The resettlement of Newfoundland's rural outports is a familiar, if troubling, scene for many Newfoundlanders.’
    • ‘And the wonderful work she was doing in her outport district would probably come to an end.’