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  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.
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Origin of bout

1535–45; variant of obsolete bought bend, turn, derivative of bow bow1; see bight

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Related Words for bouts

session, tour, spell, round, contest, competition, match, battle, encounter, struggle, term, run, fit, course, tear, shift, trick, turn, go, stint

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British Dictionary definitions for bouts


    1. a period of time spent doing something, such as drinking
    2. a period of illness
  1. a contest or fight, esp a boxing or wrestling match
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Word Origin for bout

C16: variant of obsolete bought turn; related to German Bucht bight; see about
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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).

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