[ flout ]
/ flaʊt /
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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).


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



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Origin of flout

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English flouten “to play the flute” (see flute); compare Dutch fluiten “to play the flute, talk smoothly, soothe, blandish, impose upon, jeer”
See flaunt.
flouter, nounflout·ing·ly, adverbun·flout·ed, adjective
flaunt, flout (see confusables note at flaunt)
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British Dictionary definitions for flout

/ (flaʊt) /


(when intr, usually foll by at) to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)
flouter, nounfloutingly, adverb
C16: perhaps from Middle English flouten to play the flute, from Old French flauter compare Dutch fluiten; see flute
See flaunt
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