lout

1
[lout]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.

Origin of lout

1
First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps special use of lout2

lout

2
[lout]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.

Origin of lout

2
1250–1300; Middle English louten, Old English lūtan; cognate with Old Norse lūta; akin to little
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lout

1
noun
  1. a crude or oafish person; boor

Word Origin for lout

C16: perhaps from lout ²

lout

2
verb
  1. (intr) archaic to bow or stoop

Word Origin for lout

Old English lūtan; related to Old Norse lūta
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Word Origin and History for lout
n.

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.

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