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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 louted
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  • He louted low, and she bade him bring a stool and sit beside her.

  • And as he spake the smiles were all over his face, and he louted low again.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • He strode into her little parlour, and louted low before her.

    Star of Mercia Blanche Devereux
  • And therewith she louted down from her saddle, and they kissed together sweetly, and so thereafter wore the way.

    Child Christopher William Morris
  • With his usual presence of mind Redward stooped, picked up the coins, and louted to the donor.

    The Winning of the Golden Spurs Percy F. Westerman
  • At last, however, he came into the presence of Finn and louted before him, doing obeisance.

  • But Stephen had turned away and louted low before the clerk.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • And the priest devoutly crossed himself, and turned and louted to the altar.

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • We louted low before him, and he spake to my friend: 'Is this big fellow a minstrel?'

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • Lena louted, and departed with Oliver, and her mistress again closed the door of the cell.

    The Well in the Desert Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for louted


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 louted



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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