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[ nout ]
/ naʊt /


a whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals.

verb (used with object)

to flog with the knout.


cane, bat, prod, scourge, ruler, thong, rod, goad, crop, strap, push, switch, lash, belt, horsewhip, rawhide, birch, bullwhip

Nearby words

knotting, knotty, knotty rhatany, knotweed, knotwork, knout, know, know a thing or two, know all the answers, know beans, know better

Origin of knout

1710–20; < French < Russian knut, Old Russian < Old Norse knūtr knot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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


/ (naʊt) /


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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