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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Related Words for knoutscane, bat, prod, scourge, ruler, thong, rod, goad, crop, strap, push, switch, lash, belt, horsewhip, rawhide, birch, bullwhip
Examples from the Web for knouts
Historical Examples of knouts
Stella knew no Russian; she had no idea that anything worse could happen to this seriously broken people ruled by knouts.The Second Fiddle
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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