Definition of outspread in English:


Pronunciation /aʊtˈsprɛd//ˈaʊtsprɛd/


Pronunciation /aʊtˈsprɛd//ˈaʊtsprɛd/
  • Fully extended or expanded.

    ‘outspread hands’
    • ‘When hunting, they crawl on their outspread pectoral fins and sift through the sand.’
    • ‘There are teddy bears with a friendly demeanour, puppies with endearing looks, comical elephants with outspread ears, energetic monkeys with a cheerful grin, and cherubic children with innocent smiles on their charming faces.’
    • ‘Colin sat next to her and she propped her feet on his outspread legs.’
    • ‘The old man then looked down, through teary eyes, at the outspread palms of his hands as though they held the source of ultimate evil within their grasp.’
    • ‘He put his outspread hand over his chest and I found myself rolling my eyes once again.’
    • ‘All of them, including people, are carved in the same beautiful but grotesque style, with beaks, staring eyes, outspread wings and gaping jaws.’
    • ‘He stood tall with outspread shoulders and a mildly muscular figure.’
    • ‘The statue, with outspread wings and hands raised benevolently, was on a trough where horses drank before pulling their heavy loads up the hill.’
    • ‘He stared back just as incredulously, dropping his outspread arms to his sides.’
    • ‘They lapped against the outspread hands of a solitary girl, whose dusky hair rose and fell with the water.’
    • ‘The silver chain spilled through my outspread fingers as I moved it over and over again in my hands.’
    • ‘They were green tinted with yellow, the color of light shining on the outspread leaves of a forest canopy.’
    • ‘Just at that moment a bird passed overhead and dropped something in his outspread hands.’
    • ‘It is held in an upright position by its anchorage of outspread spines.’
    • ‘Petticoat tails are Scottish shortbread biscuits, baked in a round, with a characteristic shape resembling that of an outspread bell-hoop crinoline petticoat.’
    fully extended, outstretched, stretched out, spread out, fanned out, splayed out, expanded, unfolded, unfurled, open, open wide, wide open, opened out
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[with object]
Pronunciation /aʊtˈsprɛd/
  • Spread out.

    ‘that eagle outspreading his wings for flight’
    • ‘Arlan put on a look of innocence as he outspread his arms.’
    • ‘Taking another deep drag, she settled herself on the couch again, outspreading her long tanned legs before her.’