1) N-COUNT: usu N of n If you have a bout of an illness or of an unpleasant feeling, you have it for a short period.

He was recovering from a severe bout of flu...

I was suffering with a bout of nerves.

2) N-COUNT: usu N of n A bout of something that is unpleasant is a short time during which it occurs a great deal.

The latest bout of violence has claimed twenty four lives...

A half-hour daily walk can be more beneficial than one hard bout of exercise a week.

3) N-COUNT A bout is a boxing or wrestling match.

This will be Eubank's eighth title bout in 19 months.

4) Some writers use 'bout or bout to represent about when the first syllable is not pronounced.

How 'bout some coffee?...

I just felt the need to write bout it, I guess.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • bout — bout …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • bout — [ bu ] n. m. • fin XIIe « coup », puis « extrémité »; de bouter I ♦ 1 ♦ Partie d un objet qui le termine dans le sens de la longueur. ⇒ extrémité. Le bout d une canne. Ciseaux à bouts ronds. Chaussures à bouts carrés. Bout aigu. ⇒ pointe. Couper… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • bout — 1. (bou ; le t se lie : de bout en bout, dites : de bou t en bout) s. m. 1°   La portion qui termine un corps, un espace. Le bout des rames. Le bout de la queue. Les deux bouts d une corde. Le bout du champ. Bâton à deux bouts, sorte de bâton… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • bout — BOUT. subs. mas. L extrémité d un corps, d un espace, en tant qu étendus en long. Le bout d un bâton. Le bout d une pique. Le bout d une perche. Le bout d une table. Les deux bouts d une table. Le bout d une galerie. Le bout d une allée. Le bout… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • bout — Bout, m. Est l extremité en longueur de quelque chose que ce soit, et non proprement en largeur, Finis, extremitas. Et par cette raison on appelle {{o=appelpe}} les abboutissans d une piece de terre, pré, vigne, ou autre heritage ou logis, là où… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Bout — Bout, n. [A different spelling and application of bought bend.] [1913 Webster] 1. As much of an action as is performed at one time; a going and returning, as of workmen in reaping, mowing, etc.; a turn; a round. [1913 Webster] In notes with many… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bout — [ baut ] noun count 1. ) a short period when you are sick or you feel unhappy: bout with: Barry has endured bouts with lung and throat cancer. bout of: a bout of flu/depression/homesickness a ) a short period when you do something a lot or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 'Bout It — Studio album by Jesse Powell Released September 8, 1998 Label …   Wikipedia

  • bout — [baut] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: bout one trip up the field and back in plowing (16 19 centuries), from bought bending (14 17 centuries)] 1.) a bout of depression/flu/sickness etc a short period of time during which you suffer from an illness 2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bout — [bout] n. [for earlier bought < ME bught, akin to MLowG bucht, BIGHT; form & meaning prob. infl. by bout < about] 1. Dial. a going and coming back again, as across a field in plowing; turn 2. a struggle; contest or match [a championship… …   English World dictionary

  • Bout — can mean: * Bout (single), a single by the British artist Jamelia. * A boxing match. *Viktor Bout arms dealer …   Wikipedia

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