shut·​out | \ ˈshət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shutout (audio) \

Definition of shutout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a game or contest in which one side fails to score
2 : a preemptive bid in bridge

shut out

shut out; shutting out; shuts out

Definition of shut out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : exclude
2 : to prevent (an opponent) from scoring in a game or contest
3 : to forestall the bidding of (bridge opponents) by making a high or preemptive bid

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Synonyms & Antonyms for shutout

Synonyms: Verb

ban, bar, close out, count (out), debar, eliminate, except, exclude, freeze out, rule out

Antonyms: Verb

admit, include

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Examples of shutout in a Sentence


They beat us in a 9–0 shutout.


local residents feel that they have been shut out of the debate for expanding the airport

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its first road shutout — and first road defeat — was responsible for ending a seven-match unbeaten streak. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC’s seven-match unbeaten streak ends on controversial goal in New England | The Kansas City Star," 28 Apr. 2018 Only four pitchers in postseason history ever pitched shutout ball with so many strikeouts at a younger age. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Sylvia was solid as well, picking up her 16th win and seventh shutout of the season. Brandan Blom,, "Newton North, Methuen reach Division 1 North softball final," 15 June 2018 Left-hander Drew Rom, the Orioles' fourth-round pick in this month’s draft, made his professional debut with four innings of one-hit, shutout ball for the GCL Orioles on Tuesday. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles notes: Chris Tillman 'needs to get it going' as rehab ramps up," 26 June 2018 Donny Roach, one of the International League’s top pitchers this season, improved to 7-2 (2.96 ERA), tossing seven innings of shutout ball and allowing only five hits. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "Voting is on for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Which Knights stars are in the running?," 17 June 2018 After second-year starter Chris Stratton pitched six scoreless innings Friday, rookie lefty Andrew Suarez did him one better with seven innings of shutout ball Saturday. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "A victory all his own: Giants' Dereck Rodriguez, son of Pudge, beats Phillies in first start," 3 June 2018 In the second-round playoff game against Beau Chene that got Belle Chasse to Sulphur, Sweeney pitched four innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jim Derry,, "2018 | The Times-Picayune All-Metro Softball Team," 18 May 2018 Sacred Heart 10, Westport 0 — Jillian Blake pitched seven innings of shutout ball for the Saints. Dan Mcloone,, "Latin Academy boys’ volleyball rolls along," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of shutout


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shutout

US : a game or contest in which one side does not score


shut·​out | \ ˈshət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shutout (audio) \

Kids Definition of shutout

: a game in which one side fails to score

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