[ pey-out ]
/ ˈpeɪˌaʊt /


an act or instance of paying, expending, or disbursing.
money paid, expended, or disbursed, as a dividend or winning: He went to the betting window to collect his payout.

Nearby words

  1. payne operation,
  2. paynim,
  3. payoff,
  4. payola,
  5. payor,
  6. payout ratio,
  7. paypal,
  8. paypass,
  9. payphone,
  10. payr's sign

Origin of payout

First recorded in 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase pay out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for payout



1904, from pay (v.) + out. Originally in reference to oil wells that produced enough to justify the expense of drilling them.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper