payout ratio


Definition of payout ratio

: a ratio relating dividend payout of a company to its earnings or cash flow

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of payout ratio

1963, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about payout ratio

Time Traveler for payout ratio

Time Traveler

The first known use of payout ratio was in 1963

See more words from the same year

Statistics for payout ratio

Cite this Entry

“Payout ratio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

Comments on payout ratio

What made you want to look up payout ratio? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!