- an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
- to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.
Origin of lout1
- to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.
Origin of lout2
Examples from the Web for louting
And now, turning to Yolande, he bared his head, louting full low.The Geste of Duke Jocelyn
Further, his head was louting low on his neck, so that the visitor got no view sufficient for recognition.Average Jones
Samuel Hopkins Adams
At the unearthly sound, the cattle also commenced a louting that might easily have been heard at two or three miles off.
- a crude or oafish person; boor
- (intr) archaic to bow or stoop
Word Origin and History for louting
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.