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  1. a whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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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Related Words for knouts

cane, bat, prod, scourge, ruler, thong, rod, goad, crop, strap, push, switch, lash, belt, knout, 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

    Phyllis Bottome

British Dictionary definitions for knouts


  1. a stout whip used formerly in Russia as an instrument of punishment
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Word Origin for knout

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