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[bout] /baʊt/
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.
Origin of bout
1535-45; variant of obsolete bought bend, turn, derivative of bow bow1; see bight
1. match, fray, encounter. Unabridged
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  • 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 system.
  • 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.
  • For those who have a bout with gout, the experience is not easily forgotten.
  • The tunnel exits bout two-thirds of the way to the top of the silo.
  • Mom had health problems all her life, including a bout with uterine cancer.
  • The danger is often expressed as one of an over-reaction to the excesses, of an excessive bout of regulation on business.
  • And in many cases, allergies can trigger a bout of asthma, or make it worse.
  • If he presses ahead, he could provoke another bout of anger in the streets.
British Dictionary definitions for bout


  1. a period of time spent doing something, such as drinking
  2. a period of illness
a contest or fight, esp a boxing or wrestling match
Word Origin
C16: variant of obsolete bought turn; related to German Buchtbight; see about
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Word Origin and History for bout

1540s, from Middle English bught, probably from an unrecorded Old English variant of byht "a bend," from Proto-Germanic *bukhta- (see bight (n.)). 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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