Definition of outré in English:



  • Unusual and typically rather shocking.

    ‘the composer's more outré harmonies’
    • ‘Although seemingly outré in colour, the portrait chair, with its effect of framing the sitter, is suggestive of the formality of that era but, as with most of his work, it is tempered by his wit and sophisticated design sensibility.’
    • ‘That's more than a month's wages for a middle-class man here - if they had anything as outré and modern as a middle class.’
    • ‘Don't be unduly weird, obscure, or generally outré.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the tie was somewhat outré by my standards, brightly coloured yet still, in my opinion, tasteful.’
    • ‘Unlike some of his more outré designs, it is highly practical.’
    • ‘He's very matter-of-fact, but occasionally allows himself a wry chuckle at some particularly outré coup de théâtre.’
    • ‘Sometimes rocky, sometimes synthy, and sometimes both, they were on a whole different level from the self-consciously outré cabaret nouveau acts which had preceded them.’
    • ‘His musical predilections are equally outré by hip-hop standards.’
    • ‘I try to stop laughing, not because it offends her - we always play these kinds of incidents for laughs with each other - but because it's so outré that I have to say.’
    • ‘If you want to generate outré comments for your blog, take my advice: write light-heartedly about something some people take seriously.’
    • ‘The fourth piece features music that's more like a fascinating pattern of rhythmic buzzes, which makes you realize that the first piece wasn't as outré as you might have thought.’
    • ‘It's more a willingness, if you like, to go into areas that are a little more outré than otherwise might be the case.’
    • ‘In this particular phase of Western literature, one of autobiography, perhaps a novelist of ideas, and rather outré ones at that, is simply unpalatable.’
    • ‘While you are not asserting this as existing fact, you are clearly offering a rather outré science-fiction work as a serious social prediction.’
    • ‘However, there is something off-puttingly outré about her angular, gangly performance which would never connect to a sufficient degree with the international TV audience.’
    • ‘The pool is ornate, almost outré, decorated with lotus ponds from which radiate leaf-shaped flowerbeds planted with banana trees, palms and cypresses.’
    • ‘Here's the rest of the thing about Danny: he tried to play the ‘creative’ role, with the long hair, signifier glasses and outré (for the context) clothes.’
    • ‘Here, they have made a path that winds, through the jungle, past some rather outré sculptures.’
    • ‘The sextet then travel through more outré territory - one minute a skewed blues, the next noiseplay, then a hyperactive marching band.’
    • ‘In those days, having a beard was considered outré.’
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French, literally ‘exceeded’, past participle of outrer (see outrage).