Definition of outbox in English:



North American
  • 1A box or tray on a person's desk for outgoing letters and documents that have been dealt with.

    1. 1.1A folder in which emails written by an individual are held before being sent.
      • ‘After reporting it to police, she noticed a strange email in her outbox.’
      • ‘But, rather than do cute animations, we took the most important emails in out inbox and outbox and created a fake interface so that people can read our emails.’
      • ‘Along with weather information and a listing of recent articles about Linux, Evolution shows how many messages are in your inbox and outbox.’
      • ‘Is there an outbox where you can see who you have sent messages to?’
      • ‘At least I was not firing off maudlin emails to any exes out there (better check my outbox just in case).’
      • ‘Those emails would remain in my out-box.’
      • ‘I have a stuck message in my mobile phone outbox that leaves an annoying icon and means I can't send texts.’
      • ‘Try as she might, her MS Word Document fax won't send out of the outbox.’
      • ‘All messages are stored in the "in box" or "out box" within the computer so that they can be re-read at any time.’
      • ‘Now you have some kind of structure, you can start to move all your existing emails from both your inbox and outbox to your newly created folders.’
      • ‘Are you one of those people who use Microsoft Outlook and have ended up with a bulging inbox, a stuffed full outbox and not much else?’
      • ‘I could probably be fired for some of the things that have emanated from my outbox.’


  • Defeat (an opponent) by superior boxing ability.

    • ‘The ones who favoured him pointed to his unnatural talent and boxing ability and seemingly great stamina and picked him to outbox the 27-year-old legend.’
    • ‘As one boxing historian stated, ‘If he could not outbox an opponent, he could certainly outlast the best of them.’’
    • ‘A successful businessman, he wasn't short of money but enjoyed the challenge of outboxing an opponent.’
    • ‘The unanimous decision that brought the end to his reign was due, in no small part, to the champion's decision to try and outbox his more skilled opponent, confining the use of his power advantage until the later rounds.’
    • ‘Would you be willing to trade punches with him or are you just going to try to outbox him for the decision win?’