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

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

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of shutout in a Sentence

Noun They beat us in a 9–0 shutout. Verb local residents feel that they have been shut out of the debate for expanding the airport
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In his first appearance, the 58-year old needed only 22 pitches for three shutout innings. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "This baseball season might be canceled, but Alaska’s history with the game goes way back," 28 June 2020 Five Giants relievers combined for 5 ⅔ shutout innings after Jeff Samardzija exited. Sporting Green Staff,, "June 26 Strat-O-Matic results: Giants top Dodgers in 10, A’s blanked by White Sox," 26 June 2020 Miami’s Nick Neidert pitched six shutout innings as the Marlins won at Oracle Park. Sporting Green Staff,, "June 12 Strat-O-Matic results: Giants fall to Marlins, A’s top Phillies," 12 June 2020 Abel threw a complete-game shutout in the winner-take-all third game of the championship series against Arkansas. oregonlive, "Oregon State pitcher Kevin Abel not selected in 2020 MLB draft," 11 June 2020 Lazo set a single-season shutout record with 11.87 and closed his career as Seven Lakes’ leader in goals against average (0.53). Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "TASCO honors Katy area soccer stars," 8 June 2020 One of the most memorable debuts by a Wisconsin sports athlete belongs to Steve Woodard, who went eight shutout innings for the Brewers and allowed only one hit in a 1-0 win over Toronto and star pitcher Roger Clemens. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Here are moments Nos. 81 to 90 among the greatest in Wisconsin sports over the past 50 years," 4 June 2020 Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill, 1-0 in a game in which Kyler Sanders hit a home run and all-state pitcher Savanna DesRochers threw a shutout. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "The 2020 UIL softball state tournament was supposed to be this week — and many area teams had a shot at making it," 3 June 2020 The Iron Bowl shutout also was the only one during Dye’s career as a head coach in which his team failed to score, ending a 219-game scoring streak. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Pat Dye by the numbers: 10 for the former Auburn coach," 2 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Shutout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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