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.
He strode into her little parlour, and louted low before her.
And therewith she louted down from her saddle, and they kissed together sweetly, and so thereafter wore the way.
With his usual presence of mind Redward stooped, picked up the coins, and louted to the donor.
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.
And the priest devoutly crossed himself, and turned and louted to the altar.
We louted low before him, and he spake to my friend: 'Is this big fellow a minstrel?'
Lena louted, and departed with Oliver, and her mistress again closed the door of the cell.
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.