- 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 bouts
Her bouts with cancer—all three of them—were inspiring, heartbreaking, and, most of all, real.MTV’s Diem Brown Dies: When Reality TV Starts Getting Real
November 14, 2014
Lost in the two opposing framings of Funke are the reports that her family stated that she suffered from bouts of depression.A College Student’s Death Is Now a Talking Point About Porn
May 23, 2014
Either one describes the bouts of anxiety single guys in their thirties feel about their marital status.High Manxiety: Thirtysomething Men Are The New Neurotic Singles
May 4, 2014
Bouts of landays may be a formal part of a family gathering or may emerge more spontaneously as an adjunct to collective labor.Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women
April 6, 2014
Brooks: The main thing I remember from then is bouts of grief for no apparent reason.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
He had won two bouts out of three and stood victor without a throw.Buried Cities, Part 2
It was in one of Wilson's bouts away at—at Gaskarth, so he said.The Shadow of a Crime
From the warping-bars these bouts are carefully wound on the warp-beam.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
But in all the many other bouts in which Verbeena had been engaged, kissing was strictly foul.The Shriek
The three bouts are over, and your ambition will be gratified.
- 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 bouts
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).