shut·​out | \ ˈshət-ˌau̇t \

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

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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

Japan won its fifth consecutive Asian Games softball gold medal with a 7-0 shutout against Taiwan. John Pye, Fox News, "Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold," 24 Aug. 2018 Freshman pitcher Kevin Abel stifled Arkansas with a two-hit complete-game shutout, and Oregon State won Game 3 of the CWS finals 5-0 to clinch the third national championship in program history. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Freshman Kevin Abel pitches Oregon State past Arkansas to win College World Series," 28 June 2018 Perry also threw 10 innings of shutout baseball and Aafedt finished the game with strong pitching for the last three innings. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Two VCMS Teams Capture Titles," 12 June 2018 Sims picked up the two-hit shutout victory for the Gators, fanning five and walking two on 69 pitches. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "La Porte takes series against Dickinson in area round," 12 May 2018 Murray stopped 26 shots in his shutout victory in a rout of the Flyers. Tyler Horka,, "Stanley Cup Playoff Roundup: Crosby, Penguins Put Flyers on Brink of Elimination With Game 4 Win," 19 Apr. 2018 With the shutout victory, Samford (18-14, 6-2 SoCon)extended its overall winning streak to seven straight games and increased its conference winning streak to five straight. Samford Athletics,, "Samford baseball takes sole possession of first place with 7-0 shutout at The Citadel," 7 Apr. 2018 The shutout victory capped an approximate month-long trip that included trials at USA Baseball’s training complex in Cary, N.C., and the University of Minnesota. Rick O'brien,, "Penn Charter's Mike Siani is being watched closely by major-league scouts," 5 Apr. 2018 Florida beat Boston 3-0 in the teams’ first meeting in Sunrise on March 15, when James Reimer made 46 saves in a shutout victory over a Bruins team that was missing a handful of lineup regulars. Matthew Defranks,, "Preview: Panthers at Bruins, 1 p.m., Saturday," 30 Mar. 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

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


shut·​out | \ ˈshət-ˌau̇t \

Kids Definition of shutout

: a game in which one side fails to score

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