- 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
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Examples from the Web for bout
Regardless of how one wrestles with Noam Chomsky, one does always wrestle, leaving the bout much smarter and stronger.Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary
September 28, 2014
Omran managed to finish high school despite his bout with cancer and two wars in three years.Beating Cancer & Dodging Israel's Bombs
September 1, 2014
A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait.'SNL' Star Kate McKinnon's Big, 'Awesome,' Emmy-Nominated Year
August 19, 2014
And this was before his infamous “We’re talking ‘bout practice?”How Sneaker Culture Conquered the World
March 16, 2014
Lincoln would endure bout after bout of the hypos, until a permanent sadness settled onto his sallow face.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
"We'll talk 'bout that some other time," said Mr. Winship soothingly.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Don't you nevah go to worryin' 'bout what you heahs," continued the woman.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
I hadn't heard nothin' 'bout it and nobody else had till he began to talk.
Caught him in a clearin' 'bout two miles back o' the Holler.
Sometimes I hev worried 'bout Bill, but I don't worry 'bout him no more.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
- a period of time spent doing something, such as drinking
- a period of illness
- a contest or fight, esp a boxing or wrestling match
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).