Definition of outbreaking in US English:

outbreaking

noun

  • An outburst or eruption; an emergence from latency; a lapse from moral conduct; an unruly or violent misdemeanour.

adjective

  • Breaking or bursting out, erupting; departing or lapsing from moral or religious rectitude.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From outbreak + -ing<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Samuel Daniel (?1563–1619), poet and historian. From outbreak + -ing.

Pronunciation

outbreaking

/ˈaʊtˌbreɪkɪŋ/