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
: to treat with contemptuous disregard : scorn <flouting the rules>
: to indulge in scornful behavior
Usage Discussion of flout
Examples of flout in a sentence
Despite repeated warnings, they have continued to flout the law.
<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
Definition of flout
First Known Use of flout
FLOUT Defined for Kids
Definition of flout for Students
: to ignore in an open and disrespectful way <The children flouted the rules.>
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