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Examples of lout in a Sentence
watch where you're going, you big lout!
Howard's rude behavior at the country club earned him a reputation as a lout.
Recent Examples of lout from the Web
And like most of the Korean film directors who crop up in Hong's playfully self-reflexive movies, So is a font of friendly, charming conversation but will eventually reveal himself to be a drunken, pathetic lout.
Instead, Rosen is trying to sort out the whims, whines, shouts and pouts of a dozen athletes, some of whom are not loath to turn into louts at the slightest provocation.
The scenes involving Cactus Bill are more successful; Rudd clearly enjoys playing the lout, and there’s a world-weariness to his performance that reflects the sordid environment.
John Gallagher, the only gentleman in this fraternity of uncouth louts, is immediately drawn to Betty Broadbent, the bright 15-year-old daughter of the woman who manages the hotel where the journalists are camped out.
On the show — which is factually inspired but dramatized for maximum Netflix pleasure — Prince Philip is portrayed as an impolite lout, a womanizer, a whiner, a sore sport and even a potential Nazi.
On the show - which is factually inspired but dramatized for maximum Netflix pleasure - Prince Philip is portrayed as an impolite lout, a womanizer, a whiner, a sore sport and even a potential Nazi.
But now the city’s residents, fed up with freewheeling, drunken louts on their streets, have worked in tandem to pressure the council to act.
Spieldenner adds little in the way of charm or sympathy, presenting his pugnacious carnie as less a seducer than a lout, and more in tune with the antisocial protagonist of Molnar’s play.
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Did You Know?
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.
airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, dimwit, dolt, dope, dork [slang], dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, galoot [slang], goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, moron, nincompoop, ninny, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), pinhead, schnook [slang], simpleton, thickhead, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo;
LOUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lout for English Language Learners
: a stupid, rude, or awkward man
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