Etymology
Advertisement

outlook (n.)

"mental view or survey," 1742, from out- + look (v.). The meaning "prospect for the future" is attested from 1851. Earliest sense was "a place from which an observer looks out or watches anything" (1660s). The literal sense of "vigilant watch, act or practice of looking out" (1815) is rare; look-out being used instead for this.

updated on October 19, 2019

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of outlook from WordNet

outlook (n.)
a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations;
Synonyms: mentality / mindset / mind-set
outlook (n.)
belief about (or mental picture of) the future;
Synonyms: expectation / prospect
outlook (n.)
the act of looking out;
Synonyms: lookout
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.