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bout

[bout] /baʊt/
noun
1.
a contest or trial of strength, as of boxing.
2.
period; session; spell:
a bout of illness.
3.
a turn at work or any action.
4.
a going and returning across a field, as in mowing or reaping.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; variant of obsolete bought bend, turn, derivative of bow bow1; see bight
Synonyms
1. match, fray, encounter.
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British Dictionary definitions for bouts

bout

/baʊt/
noun
1.
  1. a period of time spent doing something, such as drinking
  2. a period of illness
2.
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 bouts

bout

n.

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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