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clout

noun \ ˈklau̇t \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of clout

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

Examples of clout in a Sentence

  1. She used her political clout to have another school built.

  2. gave the stubborn handle a solid clout to make it turn

Recent Examples of clout from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of clout

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


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clout

verb

Definition of clout

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

  1. He clouted 19 home runs last year.

  2. He'll clout me around the head if he finds out what I've done.

Recent Examples of clout from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of clout

see 1clout


CLOUT Defined for English Language Learners

clout

noun

Definition of clout for English Language Learners

  • : the power to influence or control situations

  • : a hit especially with the hand


clout

verb

Definition of clout for English Language Learners

  • baseball : to hit (the ball) very hard

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


CLOUT Defined for Kids

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clout

noun \ ˈklau̇t \

Definition of clout for Students

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

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clout

verb

Definition of clout for Students

clouted; clouting
: to hit hard


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