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knout

[ nout ]
/ naʊt /
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Definition of knout

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.
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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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