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.

Nearby words

  1. knotting,
  2. knotty,
  3. knotty rhatany,
  4. knotweed,
  5. knotwork,
  6. know,
  7. know a thing or two,
  8. know all the answers,
  9. know beans,
  10. know better

Origin of knout

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

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British Dictionary definitions for knout

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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