- the mark or target shot at, especially in long-distance shooting.
- a shot that hits the mark.
- a patch or piece of cloth or other material used to mend something.
- any worthless piece of cloth; rag.
- an article of clothing (usually used contemptuously).
verb (used with object)
- to bandage.
- to patch; mend.
- cloudy swelling,
- clough, arthur hugh,
- clove hitch,
- clove oil,
- clove pink,
Origin of clout
Examples from the Web for clout
CrowdMed is also a system where Ivy League diplomas and prestigious residencies carry no clout.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return|Kevin Zawacki|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Entertainment institutions like the Academy have a duty to use their clout wisely.
So Bandar enjoyed none of the prestige or the clout that well-connected mothers bring to their sons in the Kingdom.Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Gatsby, Master Spy|Christopher Dickey|November 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the Darwinian world of media and politics, hardly any primal force compares to Clinton Clout.How Team Clinton Shut Down the CNN and NBC Hillary Shows|Lloyd Grove|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Heritage Action has made a secure-the-borders-first amendment the first test of its clout.
"The squire is little the worse for the clout he got," replied the gaoler.Cressy and Poictiers|John G. (John George) Edgar
Now Grey Dick stretched himself, looked at the clout, looked at his bow, and set a black-winged arrow on the string.
The clout having been changed, and the old one brought to the King with the arrows in it, the second man took his turn.
Come on with me now, and I'll clout you if you as much as wriggle; do you mind me?The Crock of Gold|James Stephens
There are instances, however, of clout in the sense of a plate of iron fastened on the sole of a shoe.Milton's Comus|John Milton
- the target used in long-distance shooting
- the centre of this target
- a shot that hits the centre
- a piece of clotha dish clout
- a garment
- a patch
Word Origin for clout
Old English clut "lump of something," also "patch of cloth put over a hole to mend it," from Proto-Germanic *klutaz (cf. Old Norse klute "kerchief," Danish klud "rag, tatter," Frisian klut "lump," Dutch kluit "clod, lump"); perhaps related to clot (v.).
In later use "a handkerchief," also "a woman's sanitary napkin." Sense of "a blow" is from c.1400 early 14c., from the verb. Sense of "personal influence" is 1958, on the notion of "punch, force."
"to beat, strike," early 14c., from clout (n.), perhaps on the notion of hitting someone with a lump of something, or from the "patch of cloth" sense of that word (cf. clout (v.) "to patch, mend," mid-14c.). Related: Clouted; clouting.