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[klout] /klaʊt/
a blow, especially with the hand; cuff:
The bully gave him a painful clout on the head.
Informal. pull; strong influence; muscle, especially political power:
a wealthy campaign contributor with clout at city hall.
Baseball. a long hit, especially an extra-base hit:
A hard clout to deep center field drove in the winning run.
  1. the mark or target shot at, especially in long-distance shooting.
  2. a shot that hits the mark.
Also called clout nail. a nail for attaching sheet metal to wood, having a short shank with a broad head.
  1. a patch or piece of cloth or other material used to mend something.
  2. any worthless piece of cloth; rag.
  3. an article of clothing (usually used contemptuously).
verb (used with object)
to strike, especially with the hand; cuff.
  1. to bandage.
  2. to patch; mend.
Origin of clout
before 900; Middle English; Old English clūt piece of cloth or metal; cognate with Middle Low German klūte, Old Norse klūtr
Related forms
clouter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for clouted
Historical Examples
  • Grey Beaver clouted White Fang alongside the head, so that he cowered down close to the earth in respectful obedience.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He answered, ‘His bayonet was all but into you when I clouted him over the head.’

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • Calm yourself, Viscount; but yet a few days and that filthy populace will be clouted back into the mire where it belongs.

  • Grey Beaver clouted him right and left to make him get up and follow.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He turned that goose of a Melie out of the house and clouted Jacques, who got between his legs.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • They had on their batting clothes and clouted the ball lustily.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • "She will clout thee blind, Jack, as she clouted the Chaplain," cried one of the company.

    His Grace of Osmonde Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • One of the mahouts reached forward and clouted Rajah on the knee.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn Harold MacGrath
  • They clouted me, kicked me—an' yer laffed—yer black, rotten incumbrance, you!

  • He lost his temper a bit and put down his gun and clouted her head for her.

    Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for clouted


(informal) a blow with the hand or a hard object
power or influence, esp in politics
  1. the target used in long-distance shooting
  2. the centre of this target
  3. a shot that hits the centre
Also called clout nail. a short, flat-headed nail used esp for attaching sheet metal to wood
(Brit, dialect)
  1. a piece of cloth: a dish clout
  2. a garment
  3. a patch
verb (transitive)
(informal) to give a hard blow to, esp with the hand
to patch with a piece of cloth or leather
Derived Forms
clouter, noun
Word Origin
Old English clūt piece of metal or cloth, clūtian to patch (C14: to strike with the hand); related to Dutch kluit a lump, and to clod
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Word Origin and History for clouted



Old English clut "lump of something," also "patch of cloth put over a hole to mend it," from Proto-Germanic *klutaz (cf. Old Norse klute "kerchief," Danish klud "rag, tatter," Frisian klut "lump," Dutch kluit "clod, lump"); perhaps related to clot (v.).

In later use "a handkerchief," also "a woman's sanitary napkin." Sense of "a blow" is from c.1400 early 14c., from the verb. Sense of "personal influence" is 1958, on the notion of "punch, force."


"to beat, strike," early 14c., from clout (n.), perhaps on the notion of hitting someone with a lump of something, or from the "patch of cloth" sense of that word (cf. clout (v.) "to patch, mend," mid-14c.). Related: Clouted; clouting.



"to beat, strike," early 14c., from clout (n.), perhaps on the notion of hitting someone with a lump of something, or from the "patch of cloth" sense of that word (cf. clout (v.) "to patch, mend," mid-14c.). Related: Clouted; clouting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clouted



  1. A heavy blow: She gave him a clout on the snoot (1400+)
  2. Force; power; impact; punch: This wimpish paragraph lacks clout (1950s+)
  3. Influence or power, esp of a political sort: He has lots of friends in high places, but no clout (1950s+)


  1. To hit; strike; bash: My old man would have clouted the hell out of me (1890s+)
  2. To hit the ball, esp to hit it hard (1910+ Baseball)
  3. To steal, esp to shoplift or steal a car (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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