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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 As of this writing, 1.8 million Instagram posts have been tagged #clout. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "What Is Clout?," 23 Dec. 2019 Organized labor’s clout in the Democratic Party is growing. Ruben J. Garcia, The Conversation, "150 cooks, servers and dishwashers almost shut down a Democratic debate, showing unions’ growing clout in the party," 17 Dec. 2019 Last year, Berrios lost his reelection bid for assessor, sending him into a clout tailspin that cost him the Cook County Democratic Party chair. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: State Sen. Sandoval resigning from legislature | Feds explain why they couldn’t bring criminal charges against Dorothy Brown | Lightfoot’s cigar before the storm," 26 Nov. 2019 And thanks to the the twin imbalances of US consumer clout and financial wealth holdings, the economic effects of a big selloff could prove very real indeed. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "How the stock market could trigger the next recession," 8 Nov. 2019 Given that most are big institutional investors with clout, this advice matters. The Economist, "Proxy advisers come under fire," 14 Nov. 2019 Learn how to have influence, even in a position with little clout, at this panel discussion from Women in Product., "Find what you’re looking for," 29 Oct. 2019 Cook believes Republicans will not win back the House majority in the 2020 elections, leaving the GOP once again with frustratingly little clout after spending most of this decade controlling the chamber. San Diego Union-Tribune, "House retiree: Toxic politics, Trump White House, bad knees," 22 Sep. 2019 Selecting Gigi—a model with serious social media clout—as the face of the new campaign could be an attempt to inject some youthfulness into the storied brand, which, under Tisci’s direction, is working hard to contemporize its image. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Morphs Into a Cast of Characters for Burberry’s First Ever Monogram Campaign," 15 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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

8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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