- an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
- to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.
Origin of lout1
- to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.
Origin of lout2
Examples from the Web for lout
And Hitler looking like such a lout, a drunken lout, with that sort of ignorant sneer.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies
Ronald K. Fried
October 9, 2014
He was the head of the school when I, the elder, was a lout in the lower fourth.Viviette
William J. Locke
She yelled; and the knights, laughing, took the lout, And thrust him from the gate.
I saw that the lout was astonished not to hear the lamentations he expected.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
And he stood, something of a lout, with nervous hands upon his hips.Gilian The Dreamer
The lout was in clover; nothing could have suited him so well.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- a crude or oafish person; boor
- (intr) archaic to bow or stoop
Word Origin and History for lout
1540s, "awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin," perhaps from a dialectal survival of Middle English louten (v.) "bow down" (c.1300), from Old English lutan "bow low," from Proto-Germanic *lut- "to bow, bend, stoop" (cf. Old Norse lutr "stooping," which might also be the source of the modern English word), from PIE *leud- "to lurk" (cf. Gothic luton "to deceive," Old English lot "deceit), also "to be small" (see little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lithuanian liudeti "to mourn;" Old Church Slavonic luditi "to deceive," ludu "foolish." Sense of "cad" is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.