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

Gonzalez burst on the scene with Texas as a rookie, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Red Sox in his debut before proceeding to throw a complete-game shutout in his second big-league outing. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to make Rockies debut Tuesday in San Francisco," 24 June 2019 Bauer dominated the Tigers on Sunday, allowing four hits in the first complete-game shutout of his career, but the right-hander gave up five runs and 10 hits Friday. Detroit Free Press, "Joe Jimenez, Detroit Tigers bullpen falter in 7-6 loss to Indians," 21 June 2019 The junior left-handed pitcher had a complete game shutout on Monday for the Wolverines, who beat Florida State 2-0. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Diamondbacks draft pick Tommy Henry 'magical' for Michigan in College World Series shutout," 18 June 2019 In the state semifinal, Park Vista defeated Apopka 4-0 as Jones tossed a complete game shutout. Alex Kushel,, "Park Vista softball makes history by claiming Class 9A state championship," 13 June 2019 Advertising Part of the Mets’ problem was Alcantara (2-4), who struck out eight, walked one and retired the last six batters for the Marlins’ first complete game shutout since Edinson Volquez tossed a no-hitter against Arizona in June 2017. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Alcantara pitches 2-hitter, Miami beats reeling Mets 3-0," 19 May 2019 Regina’s last state title came in 2015, in a 5-0 shutout of Caledonia. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Warren Regina wins seventh softball title in extra innings over Howell," 15 June 2019 Lankinen had 43 saves in the shutout of Russia and stopped 32 shots against Canada. Jimmy Greenfield,, "'He was flat-out dynamite:' Blackhawks goalie prospect Kevin Lankinen helped Finland win a world championship. Now he's eyeing the NHL.," 11 June 2019 When the Series shifted to Fenway Park for Game 3, the Sox had a shutout of their own, beating St. Louis, 4-0, to take a 2-1 series lead. Globe Staff,, "Boston and St. Louis have a long history in championship play," 27 May 2019

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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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The first known use of shutout was in the 14th century

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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