Grey Beaver clouted White Fang alongside the head, so that he cowered down close to the earth in respectful obedience.
He answered, ‘His bayonet was all but into you when I clouted him over the head.’
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.
He turned that goose of a Melie out of the house and clouted Jacques, who got between his legs.
They had on their batting clothes and clouted the ball lustily.
"She will clout thee blind, Jack, as she clouted the Chaplain," cried one of the company.
One of the mahouts reached forward and clouted Rajah on the knee.
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.
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.