\ 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


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

What will not change, whether Labour or the Conservatives are in Downing Street, is the government’s overestimation of Britain’s clout in the world. The Economist, "The Corbyn doctrine on foreign policy," 6 June 2019 But Smith conceded that many companies have become increasingly wary of Huawei's growing clout in recent years. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Huawei wariness is helping an American networking company," 6 June 2019 Looking for an edge in a field of nearly two dozen, Democratic hopefuls are strategizing that early jaunts here could yield valuable delegates for California’s March 3 primary, particularly with new party rules that increase those delegates’ clout. Melanie Mason,, "California’s long-overlooked Central Valley holds new allure for 2020 candidates," 4 June 2019 Intel also found that its status as an Apple supplier gave it more clout in standard-setting organizations. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 But despite the significant Instagram clout in the room, the biggest stars were undoubtedly Jasper and Zelda, Bloomberg’s grandchildren. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Michael R. Bloomberg Was Honored at the Whitney Museum’s Gala and Studio Party," 14 Apr. 2019 Neither rapper appears to be doing it for the clout though, as the song makes clear. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Offset and Cardi B Have Never Looked More in Sync Than They Do in the “Clout” Video," 17 Apr. 2019 Boren’s political clout declined over the years as Oklahoma’s politics shifted rightward and the GOP came to hold 116 of the Legislature’s 149 seats. Sean Murphy, The Seattle Times, "Investigation clouds Oklahoma icon’s distinguished legacy," 31 Mar. 2019 Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts/Hauser & Wirth The purchasing clout of Los Angeles’s collectors is also climbing. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "‘We Just Need to Create a Moment’: Art Market Looks to L.A.," 12 Feb. 2019

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
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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