Definition of lout
- lout as the queen passed by
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
watch where you're going, you big lout!
Howard's rude behavior at the country club earned him a reputation as a lout.
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Lout belongs to the large group of words we use to indicate an undesirable person, a boor, a bumpkin, a dolt, a clod. We've used lout in this way since the mid-1500s. As early as the 800s, however, lout functioned as a verb with the meaning "to bow in respect." No one is quite sure how the verb sense developed into a noun meaning "a brutish person." Perhaps the awkward posture of one bowing down led over time to the idea that the person was personally low and awkward as well.
: a stupid, rude, or awkward man
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