- 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.
- cloudy swelling,
- clough, arthur hugh,
- clove hitch,
- clove oil,
- clove pink,
Origin of clout
- 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.