\ 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 This has given the country’s Communist Party leaders extraordinary clout with Hollywood studios eager to get their films into the lucrative but tightly censored Chinese market. Wired, "China's Sprawling Movie Sets Put Hollywood to Shame," 6 Nov. 2019 But Trump’s withdrawal will likely lessen U.S. negotiating clout when delegations meet this year in Madrid and next year in Glasgow, Scotland, to discuss Paris implementation and the next round of pledges. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "Trump Administration Officially Begins Paris Climate Accord Exit," 5 Nov. 2019 That was absent from the final statement, perhaps reflecting Beijing’s clout., "Most read on," 4 Nov. 2019 Chinese export of renewable energy technology around the globe is set to boost Beijing’s clout as the influence of major oil exporters like Russia and Saudi Arabia wanes. Charlie Campbell / Shanghai, Time, "China Is Bankrolling Green Energy Projects Around the World," 1 Nov. 2019 The Chhatra League’s clout extends far beyond dormitories. The Economist, "Bangladesh’s ruling party runs university campuses with an iron fist," 31 Oct. 2019 Despite McCarthy's clout, Warner Bros. opted not to buy out her backend, a source familiar with the Superintelligence dealmaking tells The Hollywood Reporter. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "As Movies Go Direct to Streaming, Talent Bonuses "Just Go Out the Window"," 31 Oct. 2019 The new Franklin County Republican Party chair will take over a party whose clout has been diminishing as once-Republican Columbus has become a reliably Democratic city. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Anti-abortion leader, John Kasich’s ex-campaign manager among names discussed to become new Franklin County GOP chair," 28 Oct. 2019 Their key goal is becoming the new power in the region, and this settlement, almost directly replacing US forces with their own police and political clout, does that. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Putin's dreams have just come true," 23 Oct. 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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12 Nov 2019

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

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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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