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  1. an act or instance of shutting out.
  2. the state of being shut out.
  3. Sports.
    1. a preventing of the opposite side from scoring, as in baseball.
    2. 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. 2018

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Historical Examples of shutout

  • The net result was a shutout for Dallas and five runs for New York.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

  • He lies buried in his death-city Ravenna, "shutout from my native shores."

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for shutout


  1. a less common word for a lockoutSee lock out (noun)
  2. sport a game in which the opposing team does not score
verb shut out (tr, adverb)
  1. to keep out or exclude
  2. to conceal from sightwe planted trees to shut out the view of the road
  3. to prevent (an opponent) from scoring
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Word Origin and History for shutout

also shut-out, 1889 in baseball sense, from verbal phrase shut out "exclude from a situation" (late 14c.; from 1881 in the sports score sense), from shut (v.) + out (adv.). Middle English had a verb outshut "to shut out, exclude," mid-15c.

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