knout

noun
\ ˈnau̇t How to pronounce knout (audio) , sometimes ˈnüt How to pronounce knout (audio) \
plural knouts

Definition of knout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flogging whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire used (as in czarist Russia) for punishing criminals

knout

verb
knouted; knouting; knouts

Definition of knout (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strike with a knout : to punish by whipping Even when he is happy, David Tell looks like a minor figure in one of those Russian novels where someone is found hanged in the orchard around about page 632 and the serfs are knouted every couple of chapters.— Michael Kelly

First Known Use of knout

Noun

1716, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for knout

Noun

Russian knut, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse knūtr knot; akin to Old English cnotta

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“Knout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knout. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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