outskirt (n.) "outer border," 1590s, from OUT (Cf. out) + SKIRT (Cf. skirt) (q.v.). Now only in plural, outskirts. Originally in Spenser.

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  • Outskirt — Out skirt , n. A part remote from the center, and near the outer edge; border; usually in the plural; as, the outskirts of a town. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] The outskirts of his march of mystery. Keble. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • outskirt — index margin (outside limit), penumbra Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • outskirt — /owt skerrt /, n. 1. Often, outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city, metropolitan area, or the like: to live on the outskirts of town; a sparsely populated outskirt. 2. Usually, outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified… …   Universalium

  • outskirt — noun Date: 1596 a part remote from the center ; border usually used in plural < on the outskirts of town > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • outskirt — noun a more remote part of a town or city; the periphery, environs; a suburb Many people commute into the business district from the outskirts of town …   Wiktionary

  • outskirt — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The periphery of a city or town. Often used in plural: edge, environs, fringe, skirt (used in plural), suburb (used in plural). See EDGE …   English dictionary for students

  • outskirt — aÊŠtskÉœrt / skɜːt n. peripheral region, environ, suburb …   English contemporary dictionary

  • outskirt — n. Suburb, border, precinct, purlieu, outpost …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • outskirt — n Usu. outskirts suburbs, edges, outlying districts, fringes; periphery, borders, confines, perimeter; bounds, boundary, verges; surrounding area, area, environs, general neighborhood, vicinage …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • outskirt — out•skirt [[t]ˈaʊtˌskɜrt[/t]] n. 1) Often, outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city 2) Usu., outskirts. border; fringes • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

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