: a spell or period of activity: such as
: an athletic match (as of boxing)
lost his bout with the champion
: outbreak, attack
a bout of pneumonia
frequent bouts of depression
survived her bout with cancer
: session
a drinking bout
a bout of unemployment

Example Sentences

undoubtedly the team's best wrestler, he hasn't lost a bout yet she's currently suffering from a bout of the flu
Recent Examples on the Web One TikToker said in a video that her child and mother, who both slept with potato slices in their socks during a bout of cold and fever, woke up feeling much better. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 27 Jan. 2023 The recent bout of inflation has sparked a wage and cost of living crisis in the country whose citizens were still reeling from the pandemic’s economic shock, leading to massive anti-government protests last year. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2023 Many people now have immunity to COVID, from a recent bout or from vaccination, but fewer have experienced RSV or flu in recent memory. Amber Dance, USA TODAY, 21 Jan. 2023 The Beach Boys are always ideal during any bout of nostalgia, and there's no time better than the Christmas season to enjoy exactly that. Stephanie Kaloi, EW.com, 16 Dec. 2022 The oil market extended a recent bout of volatility. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 Tenuta died earlier this month on Oct. 6 at her home in Los Angeles after months of publicly keeping her fans updated with her health struggles from a recent bout with ovarian cancer. Philip Potempa, Chicago Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022 But that recent bout of experimentation doesn’t diminish just how long the Poké-formula has remained mostly static. Cian Maher, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2022 Many economists say British officials are also ignoring the lessons of the most recent bout of tax cuts — those engineered in the United States by former President Donald J. Trump. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


English dialect, a trip going and returning in plowing, from Middle English bought bend

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bout was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Bout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bout. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a spell of activity
nonstop bout of reading
: an athletic match
wrestling bout
: attack entry 2 sense 3
a bout of measles

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