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See also: sell-out and sell out


Alternative forms[edit]


From sell +‎ out.


sellout (plural sellouts)

  1. An action in which principles are compromised for financial gain.
  2. A person who compromises his or her principles for financial gain.
    The rock star used to be hardcore, but now he's just a sellout.
  3. The selling of an entire stock of something, especially tickets for an entertainment or sports event.
    The game was a sellout.





From Middle Breton sellet (in the Catholicon), from Proto-Celtic *sil-n- (to look), of uncertain ultimate origin; compare Irish súil (eye),[1] as well as Old Irish solus (bright, clear) and Ancient Greek στίλβω (stílbō, to shine).[2]



  1. (transitive) to watch
  2. (intransitive, followed by ouzh) to look at

Usage notes[edit]

This verb may be used with the preposition ouzh or not (ex: emaon o sellout ouzh an tele or emaon o sellout an tele both mean I'm watching the tv). However, when used without ouzh, the verb sellout may take the meaning of to see. The verb to see in Breton is usually gwelet.


Personal forms
Indicative Conditional Imperative
Present Imperfect Preterite Future Present Imperfect
1s sellan sellen sellis sellin sellfen selljen -
2s sellez selles selljout selli sellfes selljes sell
3s sell selle sellas sello sellfe sellje sellet
1p sellomp sellemp selljomp sellimp sellfemp selljemp sellomp
2p sellit sellec'h selljoc'h sellot sellfec'h selljec'h sellit
3p sellont sellent selljont sellint sellfent selljent sellent
0 seller selled selljod sellor sellfed selljed -
Impersonal forms Mutated forms
Infinitive: sellout
Present participle: o sellout
Past participle: sellet (auxiliary verb: kaout)
Soft mutation after a: a sell-
Mixed mutation after e: e sell-
Soft mutation after ne/na: ne/na sell-


  1. ^ Matasović, Ranko (2009) , “sil-n”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, pages 336
  2. ^ MacBain, Alexander; Mackay, Eneas (1911) , “seall”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Stirling, →ISBN, page seall