[ pey-out ]

  1. an act or instance of paying, expending, or disbursing.

  2. money paid, expended, or disbursed, as a dividend or winning: He went to the betting window to collect his payout.

verb phrasepay out [pey-out] /ˈpeɪ ˈaʊt/ .
    • to distribute (money, wages, etc.); disburse.

    • to get revenge upon for an injury; requite.

    • to let out (a rope) by slackening.

Origin of payout

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

Words Nearby payout Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use payout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pay out

pay out

  1. to distribute (money); disburse

  2. (tr) to release (a rope) gradually, hand over hand

  1. (tr) to retaliate against

  1. a sum of money paid out

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Other Idioms and Phrases with payout


Distribute money, disburse, as in He paid out the full amount. [Mid-1800s]

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