[ shuht-out ]
See synonyms for shutout on
  1. an act or instance of shutting out.

  2. the state of being shut out.

  1. Sports.

    • a preventing of the opposite side from scoring, as in baseball.

    • any game in which one side does not score.

Origin of shutout

1850–55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase shut out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shutout in a sentence

  • A tarpaulin stretched from wheel to wheel of the wagon shut out the driving rain that fled in sheets before the whooping wind.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Their dominion was an Utopia; and had it been possible to shut out every European and every wild Indian, it might have lasted.

  • My head sank to the table and my hands clasped my eyes to shut out the blackness.

  • Many thus unfortunately situated, from study and reading while so shut out from the world, become the most delightful companions.

  • It seemed to the poor child as if Mrs Mason's words were irrevocable, and, that being so, she was shut out from every house.

    Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for shutout


/ (ˈʃʌtˌaʊt) /

  1. a less common word for a lockout: See lock out (noun)

  2. sport a game in which the opposing team does not score

verbshut out (tr, adverb)
  1. to keep out or exclude

  2. to conceal from sight: we planted trees to shut out the view of the road

  1. to prevent (an opponent) from scoring

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with shutout


Exclude, deny entry to, block, as in Anyone convicted of a crime is shut out from the legal profession, or These curtains shut out all the light. [Late 1300s]

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