Google search: About 496,000 results (the first 10 pages showing business names, except a street name and a hashtag).
Google search: "outwest meaning" --> "Did you mean: out west meaning"
Other search results for "outwest" (from dictionaries):
M-W: out West (idiom; variant: out west).
ODO: No exact matches found for "outwest" (nearest result: out West).
American Heritage: No word definition found.
Cambridge Dictionary: "words with similar spellings or pronunciations" (out west, southwest, outcast...).
Chambers: Sorry, no entries for outwest were found.
Collins: Sorry, no results for "outwest" in the English Dictionary. (Did you mean: outwrest, outjest, outwent...).
Based on that, I guess outwest is not an acknowledged word. I suppose some people and outfitters use it because western sounds sort of old-timey (e.g., outwest outfit vs. western wear). But I don't have access to the OED, not yet.
Question: Is outwest listed as an actual word in some source (not included in the ones I have listed above)?
Or is it considered idiomatic only by those who sell (or buy) a lot of steaks and/or boots, for example?
An example found online, similar to how I've heard outwest used most often (not including references to merchandise):
The guests enjoy the Arizona "outwest" vibe that [he] brings to the campfire with his songs and his stories.
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