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lout

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verb \ˈlau̇t\

Definition of lout

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bow in respect lout as the queen passed by

  3. 2 :  submit, yield louted to the emperor

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Origin and Etymology of lout

Middle English, from Old English lūtan; akin to Old Norse lūta to bow down


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lout

noun

Definition of lout

  1. :  an awkward brutish person

Examples of lout in a Sentence

  1. watch where you're going, you big lout!

  2. Howard's rude behavior at the country club earned him a reputation as a lout.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of lout

perhaps from 1lout


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lout

verb

Definition of lout

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat as a lout :  scorn

First Known Use of lout

circa 1530




LOUT Defined for English Language Learners

lout

noun

Definition of lout for English Language Learners

  • : a stupid, rude, or awkward man



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