- a whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals.
- to flog with the knout.
Origin of knout
1710–20; < French < Russian knut, Old Russian < Old Norse knūtr knot
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Examples from the Web for knout
It was not inhumanity, but fear of the knout that hurried him away.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Chancellor Bestuchef, in the year 1756, was forced to confession by the knout.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
Will you swear to that, or shall I work the knout in order to bring out the truth?The Boy Nihilist
Then he swings the knout anew, with the same accuracy and the same result.The Daughter of an Empress
The knout—the knout—and that attended with public exposure in the market-place.The Pacha of Many Tales
- a stout whip used formerly in Russia as an instrument of punishment
C17: from Russian knut, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse knūtr knot
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