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

Right-hander Luarbert Arias struck out six over six shutout innings in his second Northwest League start, but Hillsboro managed a ninth-inning rally in a 2-1 victory over short-season Tri-City on Monday night. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Tri-City in a 2-1 hole in Northwest League finals," 10 Sep. 2019 Manaea, who had surgery on his pitching shoulder last September, made his return last Sunday at Yankee Stadium and pitched five shutout innings. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Sean Manaea dominant, A’s win again," 8 Sep. 2019 Tuesday, Buehler struck out 11 Orioles in seven shutout innings, his fifth start this season with double-digit strikeouts and no walks, according to STATS Inc. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles Dodgers clinch seventh consecutive NL West title with weeks to spare," 6 Sep. 2019 That was the beginning of somewhat divergent nights for the two starters, as Rodriguez, with seven shutout innings, pitched the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over Berrios and the Twins on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Jose Berrios gives up six runs as Red Sox beat Twins," 4 Sep. 2019 Baltimore entered Tuesday’s doubleheader with the third-best bullpen ERA in baseball since Aug. 20, and the relief corps improved on that mark with 5 2/3 shutout innings across the two games with the Tampa Bay Rays. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Despite recent blown leads, Orioles bullpen enjoying one of its best stretches of 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 Quintana went 5 ⅔ shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks while logging three strikeouts. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cubs 7, Brewers 1: Anderson shelled early, Hiura exits with injury as slide continues," 30 Aug. 2019 Sam Dyson, Tyler Duffey, Sergio Romo and Taylor Rogers combined to strike out five while allowing two hits and a walk in four shutout innings of relief. Lamond Pope,, "White Sox waste Lucas Giolito’s 9 strikeouts in a 3-1 loss to the Twins," 28 Aug. 2019 After Ty Culbreth opened with four shutout innings, three Hartford relievers combined to allow all five runs and 10 hits. Staff Report,, "Yard Goats win opener, give up lead in nightcap in doubleheader split with Harrisburg," 28 Aug. 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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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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