Definition of outing in US English:

outing

noun

  • 1A trip taken for pleasure, especially one lasting a day or less.

    ‘they would go on family outings to the movies’
    • ‘It makes me uncomfortable and really throws a damper on any outing.’
    • ‘We chose the day the individual was injured as the case period of time, and we considered as the control period that same person's previous outing for skiing or snowboarding when they were not injured.’
    • ‘He volunteered to participate in school events and outings.’
    • ‘Reports by the chairman, secretary and treasurer included a review of the talks, events and outings over the last 12 months, and some suggestions for the future.’
    • ‘Our members supported several Federation events, four outings, a lunch and garden party, social afternoons and a coffee morning apart from the monthly meetings.’
    • ‘For every weekend where I have a major social outing, I need another weekend that I spend at home quietly.’
    • ‘This is their first professional outing to Edinburgh, which they hoped, in part, to finance through donations from the doyennes of British crime drama.’
    • ‘They might become irritable because they have to stay awake late into the night or miss an activity or outing to complete their rituals.’
    • ‘Though private, the club does host outside events like corporate outings and charitable fund-raisers on the agenda.’
    • ‘In addition to theory courses, students join a weekly practical language outing which lets you try out your new skills in the big bad world of French Montreal.’
    • ‘What they want is someone whose main job is to maximize profit - to arrange corporate outings and special events that will bring in money.’
    • ‘Their year's activities began just after St Patrick's Day in March and continued right up until last week with various outings and events organised.’
    • ‘One Washington, DC, firm has a standing order with him for an annual bass outing for 20 people or more.’
    • ‘Invite them to office pizza parties, outings, and other events.’
    • ‘Now, after three weeks, she calls me and asks me to a New Year's outing.’
    • ‘Since last January the group has held talks, outings, social events and different courses, which have given its members many hours of pleasure and enjoyment.’
    • ‘Due to Israel's diverse ecosystem and terrain, each outing was more exciting than the last.’
    • ‘Other than his outings to sporting events, things were moribund.’
    • ‘Dress-down days, works outings and charity events all help to promote an image of a relaxed regime, but they also help to blur the distinction between work time and your own.’
    • ‘All the things I felt that made us a perfect fit were confirmed by every conversation and outing.’
    trip, excursion, jaunt, expedition, pleasure trip, day trip, day out, tour, mystery tour, airing, drive, ride, run, turn, cruise, sally
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    1. 1.1 A brief journey from home.
      ‘her daily outing to the stores’
      • ‘Be careful if you take it with you on outings, such as shopping or dining - you risk damaging or losing it.’
      • ‘She and Cara share shopping outings and countless hours in the kitchen, where Cara is an enthusiastic helper.’
      • ‘An outing for him was a daily visit to the spaza shop, even if it was just to buy some sweets.’
      • ‘The key to a successful shopping outing is to get as much of it done in the least amount of time possible.’
      • ‘Handwoven out of natural straw, the basket is large enough to hold everything for a daily outing.’
      • ‘Friday saw the last ever outing of the traditional No 73 Routemaster bus, which goes through north-east London to Victoria.’
      • ‘Of course, there was the occasional family gatherings at relative's homes and rare outings to the grocery store.’
      • ‘For some reason she now couldn't recall, she didn't want to bring her purse with her, thinking it would somehow make the outing briefer than usual.’
      excursion, jaunt
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    2. 1.2informal An appearance in something, as an athletic event or show.
      ‘her first screen outing in three years’
      • ‘Stevenson has also played in five career playoff outings.’
      • ‘He has scored a whopping 36 goals in 37 Champions League outings and leads all scorers in this season's competition with eight.’
      • ‘He allowed two runs in his first appearance but went eight relief outings without allowing a run until giving up two last Friday.’
      • ‘They have plenty to prove in their third outing at the event.’
      • ‘He is coming off two impressive postseason outings.’
      • ‘And yet the Reds go into tomorrow's derby with only 11 goals from 11 League outings.’
      • ‘Young girls had an impressive outing in the tournament.’
      • ‘He began the week having allowed a run in only nine of his past 89 appearances, including once in 16 outings this season.’
      • ‘By tee-off time at 10 a.m., two had fallen by the wayside, still leaving a record turnout for this Tuesday outing.’
      • ‘But the record shows his outings are few and far between.’
      • ‘He has put up some eye-opening numbers in his first three outings (two relief appearances and one start).’
      • ‘This year, two semi-final appearances are the sole outings of note for the Spaniard, who first picked up a tennis racket aged one-year-old.’
      • ‘He finished that season with only 270 runs from nine championship outings.’
      • ‘By producing their first clean sheet in ten outings and netting the game's solitary goal, they bagged all three points on this occasion.’
      • ‘One of the most promising things about this latest outing is the fact that three people made their acting debuts and performed magnificently.’
      • ‘Since then they have hit rock bottom with seven defeats in nine outings and their record so far this season is five defeats and two draws.’
      • ‘He has participated in both World Cup outings for South Africa - 2002 being his most frustrating one.’
      • ‘After listening to the shows, it's obvious to see it won't be his last mainstream outing.’
      • ‘In my last outing I had recorded 1: 00.10 so surely it was a formality?’
      • ‘He hasn't been impressive in the preseason, but a strong outing could endear him to his teammates and the coaching staff.’
  • 2The act or practice of revealing the homosexuality of a person.

    • ‘Nevertheless, outing is justifiable as an ethical and journalistic matter when two criteria are met.’
    • ‘It is a fragile thing, this tactic of outing to expose hypocrisy.’
    • ‘So has this very public outing of spin-doctoring techniques damaged the PR industry?’
    • ‘I have always been against outing closeted gays just for the hell of it.’
    • ‘The outing really was quite a freeing experience.’
    • ‘Where I start to believe in outing is when a celebrity lies outright by denying they are homosexual.’
    • ‘He is the last person who should be saying now that he is the victim of a ‘brutal outing.’’
    exposure, unmasking, uncovering, revelation, exposé
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘the action of going out or of expelling’): from the verb out + -ing.

Pronunciation

outing

/ˈoudiNG//ˈaʊdɪŋ/