It would throw out the worst of the duffers and fools and louts all along the social scale.
He springs forward, he louts low and sweeps upwards with Whitefire.
The crew still stands in a gang, exactly like a gang of louts at a street-corner.
I fancy the louts we have about us durst not venture thither.
Chut, Madame, why should I be a prophetess to say that the Prussian louts are going to run?
I had no notion they bred cattle of that quality amongst these louts of Saxons.
And the louts come and pound at the great gate, and we pound back again, and shout at them.
General in command of the forces—foreign mercenaries and louts from the country—he has Jan for able captain.
And the louts come and pound at the great gates, and we pound back again, and shout at them.
And 'twas more certain, when louts by the way mentioned an ugly big rascal, red-faced of drink, and of never keeping fish-days.
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.