One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An outward-bound vessel. Now historical.
2Frequently in form Outward Bounder. A person attending an Outward Bound school, course, etc., or advocating the methods of such schools; (in extended use) a person enjoying or practised in outdoor pursuits.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Herman Melville (1819–1891), novelist and poet. From outward-bound + -er.
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