\ ˈklau̇t How to pronounce clout (audio) \

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

Noun She used her political clout to have another school built. gave the stubborn handle a solid clout to make it turn Verb 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 But this clout came with a cost: The account was flooded with horrific online vitriol—most of it aimed at Meghan. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Quitting Social Media for Good?," 11 Jan. 2021 As for the headphones, there's a certain clout that goes along with sporting Beats' distinctive wares. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "You can get a free pair of Beats Solo Pro headphones with this Visible deal—here's how," 15 Dec. 2020 Change Illinois Executive Director Madeleine Doubek said clout is a persistent problem in Illinois. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Quid-pro-quo concerns stretch across party lines in ComEd bribery scheme," 7 Dec. 2020 The Variety story makes no predictions about when or where the play might first be produced, but Hampton’s name does lend some clout to the project. al, "Report: Oscar-winning writer has play on slain Alabama rights activist," 30 Nov. 2020 For those smaller-school teams, playing in December still carries clout. David Hinojosa,, "Boerne wants to keep historic season going," 26 Nov. 2020 The elderly’s 22 percent of votes cast—assuming that this figure holds up in future data—represents an historic jump in gerontological clout. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "America Is Run by Geezers," 25 Nov. 2020 Containing China’s technological clout has been a pillar of President Trump’s tech policy—and one area where there is little evident division with his successor. Stu Woo And Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Biden’s China Tech Plan: Stronger Defense, Quieter Offense," 11 Nov. 2020 The company is renowned for rehabilitating brands, and enjoys enormous clout with suppliers and retail landlords because of its size. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Why Vans and The North Face owner VF Corp is paying $2.1 billion for Supreme," 9 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The researchers then clout the strontium with a laser that puts the atoms in a superposition state. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Portable clock provides new ruler for measuring the Earth," 13 Apr. 2020 Jaxson Weber-Stewart and Jarrett Tjaden clouted back-to-back doubles for the big hits. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Three Deer Park teams clinch berths to Directors Tournament title games on Father’s Day," 15 June 2019 In one of the South Zone tournament games, Atchley used his only two plate appearances to clout a double, sending a ball over the left fielder’s head, and hitting a single, giving him a team-leading three RBIs. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "From brain surgery to basehits, the remarkable journey of Bronco All-Star Maddox Atchley," 31 July 2019 Sammy Moreno clouted a two-RBI double and Maddox Juarez added a run-scoring single to left field, creating the 8-0 lead. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA-Orange 13s open South Zone Tournament by defeating Louisiana team," 17 July 2019 When Wall Street calls, Chicago’s clouted class listens. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago will need more money from taxpayers to fund city government," 12 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of clout was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Clout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the power to influence or control situations
chiefly British, informal : a hit especially with the hand



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

baseball : to hit (the ball) very hard
chiefly British : to hit (someone or something) hard especially with your hand


\ ˈklau̇t How to pronounce clout (audio) \

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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