bout

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bught, probably from an unrecorded Old English variant of byht (a bend). [1] See bight, bought.

Noun[edit]

bout (plural bouts)

  1. A period of something, usually painful or unpleasant
    a bout of drought.
  2. (boxing) A boxing match.
  3. (fencing) An assault (a fencing encounter) at which the score is kept.
  4. (roller derby) A roller derby match.
  5. A fighting competition.
  6. (music) A bulge or widening in a musical instrument, such as either of the two characteristic bulges of a guitar.
  7. (dated) The going and returning of a plough, or other implement used to mark the ground and create a headland, across a field.
    • 1809, A Letter to Sir John Sinclair [...] containing a Statement of the System under which a considerable Farm is profitably managed in Hertfordshire. Given at the request of the Board. By Thomas Greg, Esq., published in The Farmer's Magazine, page 395:
      The outside bout of each land is ploughed two inches deeper, and from thence the water runs into cross furrows, which are dug with a spade [...] I have an instrument of great power, called a scarifier, for this purpose. It is drawn by four horses, and completely prepares the land for the seed at each bout.
    • 1922, An Ingenious One-Way Agrimotor, published in The Commercial Motor, volume 34, published by Temple Press, page 32:
      It is in this manner that the ploughs are reversed at the termination of each bout of the field.
    • 1976, Claude Culpin, Farm Machinery, page 60:
      The last two rounds must be ploughed shallower, and on the last bout the strip left should be one furrow width for a two-furrow plough, two for a three-furrow, and so on. [...]
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Verb[edit]

bout (third-person singular simple present bouts, present participle bouting, simple past and past participle bouted)

  1. To contest a bout.

Etymology 2[edit]

Written form of a reduction of "about".

Preposition[edit]

bout

  1. (colloquial) about
    they're talking bout you!
    Maddy is bout to get beat up!

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bout?s=t

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch bout, from Old Dutch *bolt, from Proto-Germanic *bultaz.

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Noun[edit]

bout m (plural bouten, diminutive boutje n)

  1. bolt
  2. leg of an animal as food
  3. (vulgar) fart

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, from Old French bout (a blow), derivative of bouter (to strike), of Germanic origin. More at bouter.

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Noun[edit]

bout m (plural bouts)

  1. end, extremity, tip (of a physical object)
  2. bit, piece, scrap
  3. (nautical) rope

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Verb[edit]

bout

  1. third-person singular present indicative of bouillir

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