clout

[ klout ]
/ klaʊt /

noun

verb (used with object)

to strike, especially with the hand; cuff.
Archaic.
  1. to bandage.
  2. to patch; mend.

Nearby words

  1. cloudy,
  2. cloudy swelling,
  3. clouet,
  4. clough,
  5. clough, arthur hugh,
  6. clove,
  7. clove hitch,
  8. clove oil,
  9. clove pink,
  10. clovelly

Origin of clout

before 900; Middle English; Old English clūt piece of cloth or metal; cognate with Middle Low German klūte, Old Norse klūtr

Related formsclout·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for clout

clout

/ (klaʊt) /

noun

verb (tr)

informal to give a hard blow to, esp with the hand
to patch with a piece of cloth or leather
Derived Formsclouter, noun

Word Origin for clout

Old English clūt piece of metal or cloth, clūtian to patch (C14: to strike with the hand); related to Dutch kluit a lump, and to clod

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