outer late 14c., comparative of out (on analogy of inner), replacing by 18c. forms descended from O.E. uttera (comp. of O.E. ut "out") which developed into utter and was no longer felt as connected with out. Outer space first attested 1901 in writings of H.G. Wells.

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