clout

[ klout ]
/ klaʊt /

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noun

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of clout

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

OTHER WORDS FROM clout

clout·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 forms of clout

clouter, 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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