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flout

play
verb \ˈflau̇t\

Simple Definition of flout

  • : to break or ignore (a law, rule, etc.) without hiding what you are doing or showing fear or shame

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of flout

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat with contemptuous disregard :  scorn <flouting the rules>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to indulge in scornful behavior

flouter noun

Usage Discussion of flout

See Usage Discussion at flaunt


Examples of flout in a sentence

  1. Despite repeated warnings, they have continued to flout the law.

  2. <an able-bodied motorist openly flouting the law and parking in a space reserved for the disabled>



Did You Know?

Watch out when using "flaunt" and "flout." Critics have been complaining about the confusion of these two words since the early 1900s. Flaunt means "to display ostentatiously," and most usage commentators consider it an error to use "flaunt" with the meaning "to treat with contemptuous disregard" (even though some admit to doing it themselves). Many educated writers have used "flaunt" in the "flout" sense for years, but the notoriety of the controversy is so great, and the belief that it's wrong to use "flaunt" for "flout" is so deep-seated, that we think you would do best to keep the two words distinct.

Origin of flout

probably from Middle English flouten to play the flute, from floute flute


First Known Use: 1551

Synonym Discussion of flout

scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, sneer, flout mean to show one's contempt in derision or mockery. scoff stresses insolence, disrespect, or incredulity as motivating the derision <scoffed at their concerns>. jeer suggests a coarser more undiscriminating derision <the crowd jeered at the prisoners>. gibe implies taunting either good-naturedly or in sarcastic derision <hooted and gibed at the umpire>. fleer suggests grinning or grimacing derisively <the saucy jackanapes fleered at my credulity>. sneer stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice <sneered at anything romantic>. flout stresses contempt shown by refusal to heed <flouted the conventions of polite society>.

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flout

noun

Definition of flout

  1. :  jeer



1566

First Known Use of flout

1566


FLOUT Defined for Kids

flout

play
verb \ˈflau̇t\

Definition of flout for Students

floutedflouting

  1. :  to ignore in an open and disrespectful way <The children flouted the rules.>





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