knout

[ nout ]
/ naʊt /

noun

a whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals.

verb (used with object)

to flog with the knout.

Origin of knout

1710–20; < French < Russian knut, Old Russian < Old Norse knūtr knot
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knout

/ (naʊt) /

noun

a stout whip used formerly in Russia as an instrument of punishment

Word Origin for knout

C17: from Russian knut, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse knūtr knot
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