All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About content Print Topic Share Topic
views updated

clout / klout/ • n. 1. inf. a heavy blow with the hand or a hard object: a clout on the ear. 2. inf. influence or power, esp. in politics or business: I knew he carried a lot of clout. 3. archaic a piece of cloth or clothing, esp. one used as a patch. 4. Archery a target used in long-distance shooting, placed flat on the ground with a flag marking its center. ∎  a shot that hits such a target. • v. [tr.] 1. inf. hit hard with the hand or a hard object: I clouted him on the head. 2. archaic mend with a patch.

views updated

cloutabout, bout, clout, devout, doubt, down-and-out, drought, flout, gout, grout, knout, Kraut, lout, mahout, misdoubt, nowt, out, out-and-out, owt, pout, Prout, right about, rout, scout, shout, snout, spout, sprout, stout, thereabout, thereout, throughout, timeout, tout, trout, way-out, without •layout, payout •buyout • blowout • layabout •gadabout • roundabout • knockabout •walkabout • runabout • turnabout •hereabout • roustabout •handout, standout •readout • hideout • dugout • blackout •checkout •breakout, stakeout, takeout •strikeout •knockout, lockout •walkout •cookout, lookout •workout • sell-out • fallout • pull-out •umlaut • litter lout • spin-out •burnout, turnout •hangout • wipeout •copout, dropout •waterspout • beansprout • clearout •sauerkraut • washout • printout •white-out • shoot-out •cut-out, shut-out

views updated

clout †patch, metal plate OE.; piece of cloth XIII; (from the vb.) blow with the hand XIV. OE. clūt, corr. to (M)LG., MDu. klūt(e) (Du. kluit lump, clod), ON. klútr kerchief; rel. to CLEAT, CLOT.
Hence clout vb. patch OE. (clūtian, in pp. ġeclūtod) cuff heavily XIV.