\ ˈklau̇t \

Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 dialectal, chiefly British : a piece of cloth or leather : rag
2 : a blow especially with the hand When she was naughty, she would get a clout from her mother. also : a hard hit in baseball
3 : a white cloth on a stake or frame used as a target in archery
4 : pull, influence political clout She parlayed her box-office clout to wealth and independence— B. S. Pierre


clouted; clouting; clouts

Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or patch with a clout clouted his worn-out shoe with a piece of leather
2 : to hit forcefully He clouted 19 home runs last year. He clouted him on the back of the head.

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Examples of clout in a Sentence


She used her political clout to have another school built. gave the stubborn handle a solid clout to make it turn


He clouted 19 home runs last year. He'll clout me around the head if he finds out what I've done.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

More lenses are currently in development, meaning there will be new ways to annoy your pet for social clout in the near future. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Snapchat goes full circle, adds lenses for dogs," 26 Dec. 2018 Saudi Arabia and its energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, seated at center during a November conference in Abu Dhabi, wield significant clout in the OPEC cartel. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "New OPEC President Starts With a Disadvantage: He’s From Venezuela," 6 Dec. 2018 Mass migration off the island after the 2017 hurricane is only like to intensify Puerto Ricans' clout in the state, particularly around Orlando and Tampa. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Kamala Harris is coming to Puerto Rico's aid. Will Puerto Ricans in Florida return the favor?," 25 June 2018 China, too, will be delighted that America has been drawn into a protracted negotiation with North Korea—something that reduces the chance of war without diminishing China’s clout in the region. The Economist, "Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un sign the blandest of agreements," 12 June 2018 While the Israelis mounted a public campaign, the Emiratis, who lack political clout in the United States outside of Washington, largely voiced their concerns in private. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018 Unlike in New Hampshire, where Republicans are known for a feisty, libertarian streak, social conservatives have a lot of clout in South Carolina. azcentral, "John McCain's 2000 presidential run saw challenges, 'ugly' politics," 2 Apr. 2018 The company is known for spending tens of millions of dollars a year on research and development, and has the market clout to appear on the shelves of every pharmacy and big-box retailer in the world. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Linda AllenCruises by LindaAllen has major clout with lines including Celebrity, Norwegian, Seabourn, and Viking. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The other highlight was Bryce Mead clouting a grand slam during a six-run first inning. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park clouts 5 HRs in 20-1 romp over South Houston," 7 Apr. 2018 Jordan Phillips, who set the table for his clean-up hitter by clouting a double in the first and a single in the third, scored on both of Martin’s doubles. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park forces pivotal Game 3 after 2-1 victory over Summer Creek," 5 May 2018 Reggie Jackson, who once clouted homers next door for the Oakland A’s, and who hit 563 long balls in his 21-year career, came to the game early to watch Stephen Curry warm up. Scott Ostler,, "Longball legends: Reggie Jackson admires Steph Curry’s quest for back-to-back titles," 4 June 2018 Sophomore Coby Mayo has clouted a team-leading four home runs and has an on-base-percentage of .571. Gary Curreri,, "Stoneman Douglas Eagles soaring toward post-season baseball tournament," 8 Apr. 2018 In 2003, flanked by Garciaparra and scrapheap pickup David Ortiz, Ramirez led the AL in OBP (.427) and intentional walks (28) and clouted 37 homers. Jay Jaffe,, "Talented and Tainted, Manny Ramirez Is One of the Hall of Fame's Most Challenging Cases," 15 Dec. 2017 Three days later , Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees wiped out the major league rookie record for four-baggers by clouting his 50th. John Walters, Newsweek, "Stunning Theory Explaining MLB Home-run Barrage: Swinging Harder Works!," 3 Oct. 2017 Campbell ripped a double and two singles, driving in a pair of runs, and clouted a triple and two singles, knocking in one run, to spark Willow Glen’s 15-hit assault. Dave Mendonca, The Mercury News, "Willow Glen, Rose Garden: Lions need a little help if they hope for a share of league softball title," 4 May 2017 As the home unbeaten streak builds toward 13 months, and as Sporting Kansas City parlays that clout into a top spot in the Western Conference, the road outings have told a different story. Sam Mcdowell,, "Sporting KC draws San Jose 0-0 on the road Saturday," 17 June 2017

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First Known Use of clout


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clout

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English clūt; akin to Middle High German klōz lump, Russian gluda

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English Language Learners Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the power to influence or control situations

: a hit especially with the hand



English Language Learners Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

baseball : to hit (the ball) very hard

: to hit (someone or something) hard especially with your hand


\ ˈklau̇t \

Kids Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hit especially with the hand
2 : the power to influence or control situations


clouted; clouting

Kids Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit hard

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