Definition of indoors in US English:

indoors

adverb

  • Into or within a building.

    ‘they went indoors and explored the building’
    • ‘Dry cows and in-calf heifers will suffer no loss from a couple of weeks indoors.’
    • ‘Seedlings too can been grown successfully in trays indoors and planted out at the end of March.’
    • ‘Because I am still off sick I feel duty bound to stay indoors all day and do nothing.’
    • ‘For most of them, these games at Perth were their first-ever matches indoors.’
    • ‘Finally, bring a good book and a good cook and attempt to stay indoors that week.’
    • ‘I have to say that baseball caps in general and men wearing hats indoors are two things that do irritate me.’
    • ‘Do you think you have been effective in getting the message out to stay indoors this time?’
    • ‘With the colder weather she moved indoors and blatantly smoked in front of us.’
    • ‘That need is greater than ever in a society which likes to keep children indoors, under supervision.’
    • ‘You should go and watch them if the snow isn't keeping you indoors.’
    • ‘He punches spy holes in the wooden shutters so when he is indoors he can look out whether he is sitting or standing.’
    • ‘Never mind that if our building didn't crumble, we'd have to survive for weeks indoors.’
    • ‘They raided his home after he told officers that he had many other weapons indoors.’
    • ‘Our house was freezing and my mother wore an overcoat and fur-lined boots indoors as well as out.’
    • ‘He then has to spend five months indoors to reduce the chances of infection.’
    • ‘Whenever I'm indoors I always wait at the corner of corridors and peep round.’
    • ‘He must now spend three weeks in a special isolation unit then five months indoors when he returns home to avoid risk of infection.’
    • ‘What with water problems indoors and the horrid wet weather outdoors, it's been a shut-in day once more.’
    • ‘By staying indoors you are shutting out the elements that can help you lose weight.’
    • ‘And suppose, being banged up indoors all day, they couldn't afford to pay the mortgage?’
    inside, indoors, into the interior, into the building, into the house, into the room, within
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noun

  • The area or space inside a building.

    ‘the rain makes indoors feel so warm and safe’
    • ‘They were being confined to the indoors, as Deirdre had been for almost two years.’
    • ‘The howling sent numerous shivers down his spine but he carried on, eager to reach the warmth of the indoors.’
    • ‘Britain's biggest seaside resort is putting its faith in the great indoors to secure its future.’
    • ‘The point of pub sports is, of course, that they're played in the cosy indoors, with a pint of ale to hand.’
    • ‘It was good to get out of the indoors for more than five minutes, and not need to wear wet weather gear.’
    present, home, at home
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Origin

Late 18th century (superseding earlier within doors): from indoor.

Pronunciation

indoors

/ɪnˈdɔrz//inˈdôrz/