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

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 Vanecek picked up his seventh win of the season and his third career shutout as the Capitals snapped a four-game skid (0-2-2). Scott Charles, ajc, 15 Jan. 2022 The Colts suffered their second shutout in as many seasons at the hands of the Jaguars. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Jan. 2022 Mika Zibanejad had his eighth career hat trick and Igor Shesterkin stopped 38 shots for his second shutout of the season as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 Sunday. Vin A. Cherwoo,, 2 Jan. 2022 He's tripled that figure this year in Jacksonville, which just suffered its first shutout in 12 years. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 15 Dec. 2021 The opportunistic Titans took advantage of four interceptions to beat the Jaguars 20-0 and earn their first home shutout in more than two decades. Mark Long,, 12 Dec. 2021 The Titans defeated the New York Giants 17-0 on Dec. 16, 2018, in their previous shutout. Mark Inabinett |, al, 12 Dec. 2021 Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko had 30 saves to collect his first shutout of the season and the second of his career. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Vejmelka was coming off his first career shutout on Nov. 29, and back-to-back wins. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 3 Dec. 2021

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Shutout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce shutout (audio) \

Kids Definition of shutout

: a game in which one side fails to score

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