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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

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

flout·er noun

Usage Discussion of flout

See Usage Discussion at flaunt


Examples of flout

  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>



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>.

2

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

flout·edflout·ing

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





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