\ 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.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Wednesday, social justice organizations held a rally at a park in Doral surrounded by luxury apartments and an upscale shopping center, a sign of the Venezuelan American community’s growing economic clout, to condemn DeSantis’s actions. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2022 But the days of equating office size to clout are receding as companies become more geographically dispersed and the in-office manifestation of the corporate pecking order loses its significance. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2022 That was a direct shot at Russia – and also at China, whose growing clout among developing nations is a major concern for the United States and its allies. Jill Lawless, ajc, 21 Sep. 2022 Still, businesses retain considerable market clout at a time of strong demand, economists say, and are unlikely to give up their share of the pie without a fight. Tom Fairless, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 As Venezuelan Americans' electoral clout grows, the move could backfire on the GOP. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2022 Having a hand in creating an image that’s authentic to him, his family and his friends — referencing time and place in a way that’s natural and real and not just for trend or clout. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2022 The poor countries of the South have justice and fairness on their side -- but, tragically, not the clout to make the just thing, namely climate justice, happen. Paul Hockenos, CNN, 7 Sep. 2022 Essentially, the users try to out do one another to gain online clout as a way of improving their social status, according to journalist and documentary filmmaker Leighton Woodhouse. Teny Sahakian, Fox News, 4 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After Trump left his office, his allies, with money to make and clout to keep, turned to Saudi Arabia as a business pipeline. New York Times, 27 July 2022 That’s because, despite your plutonium card status, earned by staying across that group’s thousands of properties, advisors have clout with that particular hotel based on regularly booking clients there. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The researchers then clout the strontium with a laser that puts the atoms in a superposition state. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2020 Jaxson Weber-Stewart and Jarrett Tjaden clouted back-to-back doubles for the big hits. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 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, 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, 17 July 2019 When Wall Street calls, Chicago’s clouted class listens. Lisa Donovan,, 12 June 2019 The other highlight was Bryce Mead clouting a grand slam during a six-run first inning. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2018 See More

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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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“Clout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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\ 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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