bout

noun \ ˈbau̇t \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of bout

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

Examples of bout in a Sentence

  1. undoubtedly the team's best wrestler, he hasn't lost a bout yet

  2. she's currently suffering from a bout of the flu

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Origin and Etymology of bout

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


BOUT Defined for English Language Learners

bout

noun

Definition of bout for English Language Learners

  • : a period of time during which someone suffers from something (such as an illness or disease)

  • : a short period of time during which something is done or happening

  • : a wrestling or boxing contest


BOUT Defined for Kids

bout

noun \ ˈbau̇t \

Definition of bout for Students

1 : a contest of skill or strength
  • a wrestling bout
2 : 2attack 4, outbreak
  • a bad bout of the flu


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