- to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety.
- to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe (often followed by at).
- a disdainful, scornful, or contemptuous remark or act; insult; gibe.
Origin of flout
Related Words for floutspurn, repudiate, defy, scorn, disregard, mock, gibe, quip, slight, taunt, jeer, ridicule, scoff, insult, outrage, gird, deride, sneer, affront
Examples from the Web for flout
Contemporary Examples of flout
It was a big story—indicating that Israel was continuing to flout international law to prevent Hezbollah from getting weapons.How the Syrian War Subreddit Scoops Mainstream Media
November 7, 2013
Republicans could flout their own resentments and true believers.Democrats Need to Stop Attacking Obama’s Budget and Wake Up to Reality
April 14, 2013
He chose the country and let Alice flout contemporary morals, carousing and smoking in public.Kate Upton’s Congressman Uncle and More Scandalous Political Ties
February 15, 2012
Historical Examples of flout
Beneath the car of this Juggernaut we must flout our judgments and crush our affections.The Conquest of Fear
I know not what the world is coming to, when young maids may flout their elders.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Niagara, however, might flout them if it pleased; they could do without Niagara.Marriage la mode
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Bessie did not pout or flout when neither Levi nor her father appeared to receive her.Freaks of Fortune
The Gentiles, who are neither proud nor intellectual, spit upon him and flout him.William Shakespeare
- (when intr, usually foll by at) to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)
Word Origin for flout
1550s, perhaps a special use of Middle English flowten "to play the flute" (cf. Middle Dutch fluyten "to play the flute," also "to jeer"). Related: Flouted; flouting.