- 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 louts
And the louts come and pound at the great gate, and we pound back again, and shout at them.Tom Brown at Rugby
Near the roof, and I am to share it with one of those two louts you saw.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
You think that these Prussian louts are going to beat the French army?The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
I vote we keep out of that this term, or leave it to the louts.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
He springs forward, he louts low and sweeps upwards with Whitefire.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
- a crude or oafish person; boor
- (intr) archaic to bow or stoop
Word Origin and History for louts
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.