Definition of outwear in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Last longer than.

    ‘a material that will outwear any other waterproof sheeting’
    • ‘When the cage outwore its novelty and was sent back to the warehouse, the company was going to discard it.’
    • ‘The free market system has at last come of age and the desirability and need for planned economies such as the welfare state have outworn their use and outstayed their welcome.’
    • ‘It opens with abrasive electronics - mixing board screeches and processed vocal squalls - that outwear their welcome.’
    • ‘Clocking in at a respectable 44 minutes, the band never outwears its welcome on the listener.’
    • ‘Cooper takes this advantage and presses the issue for twenty-seven minutes, crafting short themes that are memorable enough to never outwear their welcome.’
    • ‘The last thing you want is for something tragic to outwear its welcome by cutting into your relaxation time.’
    1. 1.1 Exhaust; wear out; wear away.