flout

[ flout ]
/ flaʊt /

verb (used with object)

to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety.

verb (used without object)

to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe (often followed by at).

noun

a disdainful, scornful, or contemptuous remark or act; insult; gibe.

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Origin of flout

1350–1400; Middle English flouten to play the flute; compare Dutch fluiten to play the flute, jeer

usage note for flout

See flaunt.

OTHER WORDS FROM flout

flout·er, nounflout·ing·ly, adverbun·flout·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH flout

flaunt flout (see usage note at flaunt)
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British Dictionary definitions for flout

flout
/ (flaʊt) /

verb

(when intr, usually foll by at) to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)

Derived forms of flout

flouter, nounfloutingly, adverb

Word Origin for flout

C16: perhaps from Middle English flouten to play the flute, from Old French flauter compare Dutch fluiten; see flute

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See flaunt
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