[ burn-out ]
/ ˈbɜrnˌaʊt /


a fire that is totally destructive of something.
Also burn-out. fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, overwork, or intense activity.
  1. the termination of effective combustion in a rocket engine, due to exhaustion of propellant.
  2. the end of the powered portion of a rocket's flight.
Electricity. the breakdown of a lamp, motor, or other electrical device due to the heat created by the current flowing through it.

Nearby words

  1. burnished,
  2. burnisher,
  3. burnley,
  4. burnoose,
  5. burnous,
  6. burns,
  7. burns, arthur frank,
  8. burns, george,
  9. burns, robert,
  10. burnside

Origin of burnout

First recorded in 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase burn out

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Word Origin and History for burnout



also burn-out, "drug user," by 1972, slang, from the verbal phrase, from burn (v.) + out (adv.). Meaning "mental exhaustion from continuous effort" is from 1975.

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