- 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.
Origin of clout
Related Words for cloutedsway, prestige, influence, weight, standing, pull, authority, blow, box, clip, wallop, sock, slap, smack, cuff, clobber, rap, thump, strike, whack
Examples from the Web for clouted
Historical Examples of clouted
Grey Beaver clouted him right and left to make him get up and follow.White Fang
At the same time, Tallis stepped from behind the door and clouted the other.The Highest Treason
He answered, ‘His bayonet was all but into you when I clouted him over the head.’Our Soldiers
They had on their batting clothes and clouted the ball lustily.Baseball Joe, Home Run King
One of the mahouts reached forward and clouted Rajah on the knee.The Adventures of Kathlyn
- 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.