Definition of outré in English:



  • Unusual and typically rather shocking.

    ‘the composer's more outré harmonies’
    • ‘He's very matter-of-fact, but occasionally allows himself a wry chuckle at some particularly outré coup de théâtre.’
    • ‘In those days, having a beard was considered outré.’
    • ‘The sextet then travel through more outré territory - one minute a skewed blues, the next noiseplay, then a hyperactive marching band.’
    • ‘The pool is ornate, almost outré, decorated with lotus ponds from which radiate leaf-shaped flowerbeds planted with banana trees, palms and cypresses.’
    • ‘It's more a willingness, if you like, to go into areas that are a little more outré than otherwise might be the case.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, they have made a path that winds, through the jungle, past some rather outré sculptures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this particular phase of Western literature, one of autobiography, perhaps a novelist of ideas, and rather outré ones at that, is simply unpalatable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the tie was somewhat outré by my standards, brightly coloured yet still, in my opinion, tasteful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While you are not asserting this as existing fact, you are clearly offering a rather outré science-fiction work as a serious social prediction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you want to generate outré comments for your blog, take my advice: write light-heartedly about something some people take seriously.’
    • ‘Don't be unduly weird, obscure, or generally outré.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His musical predilections are equally outré by hip-hop standards.’
    • ‘Unlike some of his more outré designs, it is highly practical.’
    weird, queer, outlandish, offbeat, far out, freakish, grotesque, quirky, zany, eccentric, off-centre, idiosyncratic, unconventional, unorthodox, funny, bizarre, fantastic, unusual, extraordinary, strange, unfamiliar, unknown, unheard of, alien, foreign, peculiar, odd, curious, atypical, irregular, anomalous, deviant, abnormal, quaint, out of the way, ludicrous, preposterous
    way-out, wacky, freaky, kooky, screwy, kinky, oddball, cranky
    off the wall, in left field, bizarro
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French, literally exceeded, past participle of outrer (see outrage).