[ klout ]
/ klaʊt /
a blow, especially with the hand; cuff: The bully gave him a painful clout on the head.
Informal. pull; strong influence; muscle, especially political power: a wealthy campaign contributor with clout at city hall.
Baseball. a long hit, especially an extra-base hit: A hard clout to deep center field drove in the winning run.
- the mark or target shot at, especially in long-distance shooting.
- a shot that hits the mark.
Also called clout nail. a nail for attaching sheet metal to wood, having a short shank with a broad head.
- 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 strike, especially with the hand; cuff.
- to bandage.
- to patch; mend.
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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 cloutclout·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clouter
/ (klaʊt) /
informal a blow with the hand or a hard object
power or influence, esp in politics
- the target used in long-distance shooting
- the centre of this target
- a shot that hits the centre
Also called: clout nail a short, flat-headed nail used esp for attaching sheet metal to wood
- a piece of clotha dish clout
- a garment
- a patch
informal to give a hard blow to, esp with the hand
to patch with a piece of cloth or leather
Derived forms of cloutclouter, 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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