Definition of bout noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//baʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//baʊt//
    Combat sports, Being ill
    jump to other results
  1. 1a short period of great activity; a short period during which there is a lot of a particular thing, usually something unpleasant a drinking bout bout of something/of doing something the latest bout of inflation Regular exercise is better than occasional bouts of strenuous activity.
  2. 2bout (of something) an attack or period of illness a severe bout of flu/coughing He suffered occasional bouts of depression. bout (with something) (North American English) a bout with the flu See related entries: Being ill
  3. 3a boxing or wrestling match See related entries: Combat sports
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a curve or circuit, hence later a “turn” of activity): from dialect bought ‘bend, loop’; probably of Low German origin.Extra examples I got a bad bout of the flu last winter. a bout of depression A karate bout lasts for two or three minutes. He’s just recovering from a severe bout of flu. It was hailed as one of the best heavyweight bouts of recent times. The doctor halted their bout after the ninth round. There has been a severe bout of inflation over recent months. They had been fighting after a drinking bout.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bout