\ 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 Richmond pointed to his experience and growing clout on Capitol Hill as reasons voters should return him to Washington for another two-year term. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer,, "U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond faces five challengers in bid for sixth term," 17 Oct. 2020 Moreno was correct that the lion’s share of dirt streets are in low-income neighborhoods south of Interstate 8, where community leaders have lacked the political clout to effectively lobby for infrastructure upgrades. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paving 60 miles of dirt streets in poor neighborhoods would cost San Diego $300M to $900M," 15 Oct. 2020 Turkey's newly assertive role reflects President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions to expand his nation's clout. Fox News, "Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of deadly escalation," 14 Oct. 2020 Black Friday may have the historical clout, but in recent years supersized online retailer Amazon has made its very own sale event into a holiday unto itself. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know For Amazon Prime Day 2020," 30 Sep. 2020 Since news broke of the divorce (which Offset is contesting, by the way), many people have claimed Cardi was only looking for clout. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Cardi B is divorcing Offset. These 5 Houston celebrities could help her through it," 22 Sep. 2020 The chamber’s clout waned with the elevation of William Archey, who subscribed to the make-nice strategy, to the position of senior vice president for policy and congressional affairs. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Chamber of Errors," 3 Sep. 2020 Sevilla is the ideal club for a vision of the Europa League as a competition offering meaningful European games for clubs that don't have the financial clout to fight for national titles or the Champions League. Star Tribune, "Europa League final: Resurgent Inter or Sevilla's record," 20 Aug. 2020 How the retail trading boom is shaking up the US stock market 🇨🇳 Because China China is striving for global leadership and has the economic clout to realize its vision. Katherine Bell, Quartz, "Introducing Quartz’s new Obsessions," 13 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The researchers then clout the strontium with a laser that puts the atoms in a superposition state. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Portable clock provides new ruler for measuring the Earth," 13 Apr. 2020 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

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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

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 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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