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[lout] /laʊt/
an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
verb (used with object)
to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.
Origin of lout1
First recorded in 1540-50; perhaps special use of lout2


[lout] /laʊt/
verb (used with or without object)
to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.
1250-1300; Middle English louten, Old English lūtan; cognate with Old Norse lūta; akin to little Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lout
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  • He was the head of the school when I, the elder, was a lout in the lower fourth.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • She yelled; and the knights, laughing, took the lout, And thrust him from the gate.

  • I saw that the lout was astonished not to hear the lamentations he expected.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • And he stood, something of a lout, with nervous hands upon his hips.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The lout was in clover; nothing could have suited him so well.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • A strange matter to discuss with a lout, but he was so wonderful a listener!

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
  • He interrupted the objection of a high noble with, "Be silent, lout!"

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • But in Sarria's mind, the lout was an object of affection, sincere, unquestioning.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • And I thought it was that crockery smashing goat of a lout of a cow-puncher.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • He said of his country: That lout comes to a knowledge of his wants too late.

British Dictionary definitions for lout


a crude or oafish person; boor
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from lout²


(intransitive) (archaic) to bow or stoop
Word Origin
Old English lūtan; related to Old Norse lūta
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Word Origin and History for lout

1540s, "awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin," perhaps from a dialectal survival of Middle English louten (v.) "bow down" (c.1300), from Old English lutan "bow low," from Proto-Germanic *lut- "to bow, bend, stoop" (cf. Old Norse lutr "stooping," which might also be the source of the modern English word), from PIE *leud- "to lurk" (cf. Gothic luton "to deceive," Old English lot "deceit), also "to be small" (see little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lithuanian liudeti "to mourn;" Old Church Slavonic luditi "to deceive," ludu "foolish." Sense of "cad" is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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