blow·​out | \ ˈblō-ˌau̇t How to pronounce blowout (audio) \

Definition of blowout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a festive social affair
2 : a bursting of a container (such as a tire) by pressure of the contents on a weak spot
3 : an uncontrolled eruption of an oil or gas well
4 : an easy or one-sided victory
5 : a valley or depression created by the wind in areas of shifting sand or of light cultivated soil
6 : a hair style in which the hair is blow-dried while being styled with a round brush As discovered by one Twitter user, however, [Meghan] Markle isn't just the queen of a beautiful blowout. She has rocked natural curls in the past, which has the internet praising "curls in the royal palace."— Summer Arlexis

blow out

blew out; blown out; blowing out; blows out

Definition of blow out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to extinguish by a gust
2 : to dissipate (itself) by blowing used of storms
3 : to defeat easily
4 : to damage severely she blew out her knee in the race

intransitive verb

1 : to become extinguished by a gust
2 : to erupt out of control used of an oil or gas well

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Examples of blowout in a Sentence


The car crashed after one of its tires had a blowout. We had a big blowout to celebrate his promotion. The game was expected to be close but it turned out to be a blowout.


blew out a smoke ring and began to tell us a good yarn
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Sixers made eight 3-pointers in the first quarter for the second straight game, the most allowed in the opening frame by the Timberwolves in franchise history, and surged to a 41-20 lead that looked a lot like that earlier blowout. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "In Butler’s return, 76ers top Wolves 118-109," 30 Mar. 2019 Who has time for all the commercial breaks, blowouts and between-play nonsense? David Pierce, WSJ, "The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive and Intense," 17 Mar. 2019 Chrissy Teigen uses her social media to tremendous effect, from teaching us all how to cook to giving the inside scoop about her life with John Legend (including their big, blowout fight at the Kardashian wedding). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ummm, Princess Beatrice Literally Just Tweeted Chrissy Teigen," 22 Feb. 2019 Adora takes Camille and Amma to the dress store because Camille’s all-black garb simply won’t do for the blowout Calhoun Day party thrown at the house. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 9 Biggest Moments From 'Sharp Objects' Episode 5," 6 Aug. 2018 But the Angels last decade repeatedly showed how to win despite a modest run differential: with a good but not deep bullpen, and with winning the close games and losing the blowouts. Bill Shaikin,, "Three up, three down: Paul Goldschmidt has awoken; all six division winners could repeat," 16 June 2018 But as the blowout deepens and the time ticks away, this game erodes into typical all-star schlock. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: In final high school game, Romeo Langford doesn't disappoint the fans," 10 June 2018 This came after Thomas opined that Wagner was too hurt to have been playing in a blowout loss to the Rams. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Is Bobby Wagner the most underappreciated superstar in Seattle sports history?," 20 Feb. 2019 In mop-up duty of Washington’s blowout victory over North Dakota, the redshirt freshman quarterback completed all seven of his pass attempts in the fourth quarter, throwing for 110 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ty Jones. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen was pleased with backup QB Jake Haener’s debut, but also cautions to keep things in perspective," 10 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By 100% freak accident, Elianna put her mouth to blow out at the same time someone blew in the other end, causing the water to shoot directly down her throat. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "What Every Parent Needs to Know About "Dry Drowning"," 27 Mar. 2019 Russia’s national team then provided a historic encore, blowing out Saudi Arabia, 5-0, in one of the most lopsided World Cup openers ever. Kevin Baxter,, "Russia beats Saudi Arabia 5-0 for first World Cup win in 16 years," 14 June 2018 With the help of a second blow dryer, my hair is now cut and blown out. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "A First Look Inside John Barrett’s New 57th Street Salon," 29 Apr. 2019 But, most importantly, her usual brown hair was instead platinum blonde, and blown out into huge curls with side bangs to complete the look. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emily Ratajkowksi Looks Totally Unrecognizable With Platinum Blonde Hair," 25 Mar. 2019 That number quickly blew out to 7,000 because the government was handing out free money to installers. Tim Blair, WSJ, "Green New Deal: A Cautionary Tale," 11 Feb. 2019 Joe Flacco blew out his left knee in a November 2014 game against Los Angeles. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "Miami Dolphins believe Ryan Tannehill as durable as before injuries," 22 May 2018 Alabama — dressed in a cute black-and-white checkered dress under a light-wash denim jacket — blew out her sparkler candles atop a cookies & cream ice-cream cake as proud dad Barker looked on. Jen Juneau,, "Travis Barker Throws Daughter an Epic 13th Birthday Bash — 7 Months Ahead of Her Special Day," 22 May 2018 But a few games later, Brandon Jennings blew out his Achilles tendon and the Pistons needed a point guard. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Stan Van Gundy era ends: Here's what we will remember," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of blowout


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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More Definitions for blowout



English Language Learners Definition of blowout

: a sudden loss of air caused by a hole or cut in a tire
informal : a large and informal social gathering : a big party
US, informal : an easy victory : a game or contest in which the winner defeats the loser by a large amount

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a strong desire or propensity

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