like or characteristic of a lout; awkward; clumsy; boorish.

Origin of loutish

First recorded in 1545–55; lout1 + -ish1
Related formslout·ish·ly, adverblout·ish·ness, noun

Synonyms for loutish

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Contemporary Examples of loutish

Historical Examples of loutish

  • Here is a health to the pretty Emerence, and here is to her loutish lover.

  • She won the loutish crowd to listen to her on her own terms.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins

  • Much taken aback, McWha glanced about the room with a loutish grin.

    The Backwoodsmen

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • One had a male-partner, who hopped his loutish burlesque of the thing he could not do.

  • Personally, I prefer the polished Shylock to the loutish glutton.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner

British Dictionary definitions for loutish



characteristic of a lout; unpleasant and uncouth
Derived Formsloutishly, adverbloutishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loutish

1550s, from lout + -ish. Related: Loutishly; loutishness.

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