1. [syn: inapposite, out of place]
1. in a setting where one is or feels inappropriate or incongruous;
- Example: "he felt out of place in the lingerie shop"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Out \Out\ (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and
[=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G.
aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr.
ud. [root]198. Cf. About, But, prep., Carouse, Utter,
In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior
of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in
a position or relation which is exterior to something; --
opposed to in or into. The something may be expressed
after of, from, etc. (see Out of, below); or, if not
expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the
house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out
from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is used in a
variety of applications, as:
1. Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a
usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual,
place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out.
Opposite of in. "My shoulder blade is out." --Shak.
He hath been out (of the country) nine years.
2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy,
constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in
concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of
freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter
of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed
out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out,
or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is
Leaves are out and perfect in a month. --Bacon.
She has not been out [in general society] very long.
3. Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to
the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of
extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the
fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out. "Hear
me out." --Dryden.
Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
--Ps. iv. 23.
When the butt is out, we will drink water. --Shak.
4. Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or
into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of
office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the
Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money
out at interest. "Land that is out at rack rent." --Locke.
"He was out fifty pounds." --Bp. Fell.
I have forgot my part, and I am out. --Shak.
5. Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct,
proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or
incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement,
opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation. "Lancelot
and I are out." --Shak.
Wicked men are strangely out in the calculating of
their own interest. --South.
Very seldom out, in these his guesses. --Addison.
6. Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the
state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
7. Out of fashion; unfashionable; no longer in current vogue;
Note: Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with
the same significations that it has as a separate word;
as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo,
outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under
Day in, day out, from the beginning to the limit of each of
several days; day by day; every day.
Out at, Out in, Out on, etc., elliptical phrases, that
to which out refers as a source, origin, etc., being
omitted; as, out (of the house and) at the barn; out (of
the house, road, fields, etc., and) in the woods.
Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
Out into the west, as the sun went down. --C.
Note: In these lines after out may be understood, "of the
harbor," "from the shore," "of sight," or some similar
phrase. The complete construction is seen in the
saying: "Out of the frying pan into the fire."
Out from, a construction similar to out of (below). See
Of and From.
Out of, a phrase which may be considered either as composed
of an adverb and a preposition, each having its
appropriate office in the sentence, or as a compound
preposition. Considered as a preposition, it denotes, with
verbs of movement or action, from the interior of; beyond
the limit: from; hence, origin, source, motive, departure,
separation, loss, etc.; -- opposed to in or into; also
with verbs of being, the state of being derived, removed,
or separated from. Examples may be found in the phrases
below, and also under Vocabulary words; as, out of breath;
out of countenance.
Out of cess, beyond measure, excessively. --Shak.
Out of character, unbecoming; improper.
Out of conceit with, not pleased with. See under Conceit.
Out of date, not timely; unfashionable; antiquated.
Out of door, Out of doors, beyond the doors; from the
house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air;
hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under
Door, also, Out-of-door, Outdoor, Outdoors, in the
Vocabulary. "He 's quality, and the question's out of
Out of favor, disliked; under displeasure.
Out of frame, not in correct order or condition; irregular;
Out of hand, immediately; without delay or preparation;
without hesitation or debate; as, to dismiss a suggestion
out of hand. "Ananias . . . fell down and died out of
Out of harm's way, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
Out of joint, not in proper connection or adjustment;
unhinged; disordered. "The time is out of joint." --Shak.
Out of mind, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
of memory; as, time out of mind.
Out of one's head, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
Out of one's time, beyond one's period of minority or
Out of order, not in proper order; disarranged; in
Out of place, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
proper or becoming.
Out of pocket, in a condition of having expended or lost
more money than one has received.
Out of print, not in market, the edition printed being
exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
Out of the question, beyond the limits or range of
consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
Out of reach, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
Out of season, not in a proper season or time; untimely;
Out of sorts, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
unhappy; cross. See under Sort, n.
Out of temper, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
Out of time, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
Out of time, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
agreeing temper; fretful.
Out of twist, Out of winding, or Out of wind, not in
warped condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
Out of use, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
Out of the way.
(a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
(b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
Out of the woods, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
Out to out, from one extreme limit to another, including
the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to
Out West, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
To come out, To cut out, To fall out, etc. See under
Come, Cut, Fall, etc.
To make out See to make out under make, v. t. and v.
To put out of the way, to kill; to destroy.
Week in, week out. See Day in, day out (above).
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Place \Place\ (pl[=a]s), n. [F., fr. L. platea a street, an
area, a courtyard, from Gr. platei^a a street, properly fem.
of platy`s, flat, broad; akin to Skr. p[.r]thu, Lith. platus.
Cf. Flawn, Piazza, Plate, Plaza.]
1. Any portion of space regarded as measured off or distinct
from all other space, or appropriated to some definite
object or use; position; ground; site; spot; rarely,
Here is the place appointed. --Shak.
What place can be for us
Within heaven's bound? --Milton.
The word place has sometimes a more confused sense,
and stands for that space which any body takes up;
and so the universe is a place. --Locke.
2. A broad way in a city; an open space; an area; a court or
short part of a street open only at one end. "Hangman boys
in the market place." --Shak.
3. A position which is occupied and held; a dwelling; a
mansion; a village, town, or city; a fortified town or
post; a stronghold; a region or country.
Are you native of this place? --Shak.
4. Rank; degree; grade; order of priority, advancement,
dignity, or importance; especially, social rank or
position; condition; also, official station; occupation;
calling. "The enervating magic of place." --Hawthorne.
Men in great place are thrice servants. --Bacon.
I know my place as I would they should do theirs.
5. Vacated or relinquished space; room; stead (the departure
or removal of another being or thing being implied). "In
place of Lord Bassanio." --Shak.
6. A definite position or passage of a document.
The place of the scripture which he read was this.
7. Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding; as,
he said in the first place.
8. Reception; effect; -- implying the making room for.
My word hath no place in you. --John viii.
9. (Astron.) Position in the heavens, as of a heavenly body;
-- usually defined by its right ascension and declination,
or by its latitude and longitude.
10. (Racing) The position of first, second, or third at the
finish, esp. the second position. In betting, to win a
bet on a horse for place it must, in the United States,
finish first or second, in England, usually, first,
second, or third.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Place of arms (Mil.), a place calculated for the rendezvous
of men in arms, etc., as a fort which affords a safe
retreat for hospitals, magazines, etc. --Wilhelm.
High place (Script.), a mount on which sacrifices were
offered. "Him that offereth in the high place." --Jer.
In place, in proper position; timely.
Out of place, inappropriate; ill-timed; as, his remarks
were out of place.
Place kick (Football), the act of kicking the ball after it
has been placed on the ground.
Place name, the name of a place or locality. --London
To give place, to make room; to yield; to give way; to give
advantage. "Neither give place to the devil." --Eph. iv.
27. "Let all the rest give place." --Shak.
To have place, to have a station, room, or seat; as, such
desires can have no place in a good heart.
To take place.
(a) To come to pass; to occur; as, the ceremony will not
(b) To take precedence or priority. --Addison.
(c) To take effect; to prevail. "If your doctrine takes
place." --Berkeley. "But none of these excuses would
take place." --Spenser.
To take the place of, to be substituted for.
Syn: Situation; seat; abode; position; locality; location;
site; spot; office; employment; charge; function; trust;
ground; room; stead.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
out of place
adv 1: in a setting where one is or feels inappropriate or
incongruous; "he felt out of place in the lingerie shop"
adj 1: of an inappropriate or misapplied nature [syn:
inapposite, out of place]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
95 Moby Thesaurus words for "out of place":
amiss, askew, awry, bad, cockeyed, convulsed, deranged,
disarranged, discomfited, discomposed, disconcerted, dislocated,
disordered, disorderly, disorganized, disturbed, futile, haywire,
ill-adapted, ill-advised, ill-assorted, ill-chosen, ill-considered,
ill-fitted, ill-matched, ill-sorted, ill-suited, ill-timed,
impolitic, improper, in disorder, inadmissible, inadvisable,
inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, incongruous, inept,
inexpedient, infelicitous, inopportune, irrelevant, mal a propos,
maladjusted, malapropos, misjoined, mislaid, mismatched, mismated,
misplaced, misput, on the fritz, out of character, out of gear,
out of joint, out of keeping, out of kelter, out of kilter,
out of line, out of order, out of proportion, out of season,
out of step, out of time, out of tune, out of turn, out of whack,
perturbed, roily, shuffled, turbid, turbulent, unadapted, unapt,
unbecoming, unbefitting, undesirable, unfit, unfitted, unfitting,
unfortunate, unhappy, unmeet, unprofitable, unqualified,
unseasonable, unseemly, unsettled, unsuitable, unsuited, untimely,
unwise, upset, wrong