• (adjective) IPA: /aʊtˈɡəʊɪŋ/
  • (noun) IPA: /ˈaʊtˌɡəʊɪŋ/


  1. Extraverted: talkative, friendly, and social, especially with respect to meeting new people easily and comfortably.
    Tom is very outgoing and enjoys meeting people; his brother, on the other hand, is painfully shy.
    • 2003, Bernardo J. Carducci, Lisa Kaiser, The Shyness Breakthrough, page 124 ↗,
      Quieter parents, who prefer a less stimulating lifestyle, may be baffled and challenged by these same outgoing kids.
    • 1996, Stanley I. Greenspan, Jacqueline Salmon, The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five “Difficult” Types of Children, page 308 ↗,
      The outgoing former leader may have difficulty slowing down, being reflective, and studying and may be insensitive in a close relationship.
    • 2006, Direct Selling Women's Alliance, More Build It Big: 101 Insider Secrets from Top Direct Selling Experts, page 264 ↗,
      Think of it this way: Some people are more outgoing, while others are more reserved.
    • 2010, Ruth Ames, This Totally Bites!, back cover ↗,
      Twelve-year-old Emma-Rose Paley has always felt very different from her bubbly, outgoing parents.
  2. (not comparable) Going out, on its way out.
    Is there any outgoing post?
    • 1917 August 27, President of the United States (Woodrow Wilson), Executive Order 2692,
      In the neighborhood of each defensive sea area the following entrances are designated for incoming and outgoing vessels: Atlantic. […] Designated entrance for outgoing vessels: The main entrance to the Panama Canal, between the breakwaters. Pacific. […] Designated entrance for outgoing vessels: Canal prism.
    • 1922, John Arthur Thomson, ''The Outline of Science', Volume I, Part III,
      There is struggle for food, accentuated by the fact that small items tend to be swept away by the outgoing tide or to sink down the slope to deep water.
    • 1946, Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, Chapter 26,
      By KRIYA, the outgoing life force is not wasted and abused in the senses, but constrained to reunite with subtler spinal energies.
  3. (not comparable) Being replaced in office (while still in office but after election has determined that he/she will be replaced).
    The outgoing politician wasn't too disappointed he'd lost the election; he was tired of political infighting.
    • 1893, Henry Billings Brown, Supreme Court of the United States, United States v. Fletcher: Opinion of the Court,
      […] it appears […] that, by an arrangement between the outgoing and incoming marshal, the latter was to have the fees earned upon all writs in the hands of the deputies of the former at the date the office changed hands. It further appeared that the outgoing marshal made no claim to these fees.
    • 1957, United Nations, Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency,
      The outgoing Board of Governors shall designate for membership on the Board the ten members most advanced in the technology of atomic energy including the production of source materials, […]
    • 1998, Suharto, Suharto's Resignation Speech,
      As of this day too, the Seventh Development Cabinet is outgoing and to the ministers I express my thanks.
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outgoing (plural outgoings)

  1. The act of leaving or going out; exit, departure.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 65:8 ↗:
      the outgoings of the morning and evening
    • […] any present thirstings for God, or ardent outgoings of their souls after divine objects […]
  2. (chiefly, in the plural) Money that leaves one's possession; expenditure, outlay, expense.
  3. The extreme limit; the place of ending.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Joshua 18:19 ↗:
      The outgoings of the border were at the north bay of the salt sea, at the south end of Jordan.
Synonyms Verb
  1. present participle of outgo#English|outgo

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