a contest or trial of strength, as of boxing.
period; session; spell: a bout of illness.
a turn at work or any action.
a going and returning across a field, as in mowing or reaping.

1535–45; variant of obsolete bought bend, turn, derivative of bow bow1; see bight

1. match, fray, encounter. Unabridged
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bout (baʊt)
1.  a.  a period of time spent doing something, such as drinking
 b.  a period of illness
2.  a contest or fight, esp a boxing or wrestling match
[C16: variant of obsolete bought turn; related to German Buchtbight; see about]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from M.E. bught, probably from an unrecorded O.E. variant of byht "a bend," from P.Gmc. *bukhta-. Sense evolved from "a circuit of any kind" (as of a plow) to "a round at any kind of exercise" (1570s), "a round at fighting" (1590s), "a fit of drinking" (1660s).
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Example sentences
But a bout of nerves that began last month seems to be worsening.
After a bout of the flu, lingering germs can wreak havoc on the weakened immune
Still, it was pretty exciting, especially when the gloves were removed for a
  bare-knuckle bout.
The process literally plunged me into a bout with clinical depression.
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