verb (used with object)

to strike, especially with the hand; cuff.
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for clouter



informal a blow with the hand or a hard object
power or influence, esp in politics
  1. the target used in long-distance shooting
  2. the centre of this target
  3. a shot that hits the centre
Also called: clout nail a short, flat-headed nail used esp for attaching sheet metal to wood
British dialect
  1. a piece of clotha dish clout
  2. a garment
  3. a patch

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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Word Origin and History for clouter
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