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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
Also, be mindful of what’s on your shirt, the wrong phrase or picture can turn a seemingly nice guy into a lout.
The prince finds sour amusement in the way the old lout can talk his way out of any cowardly mischief, but his mind is elsewhere.
The temptation is to present this lout as a version of our current President; DeVita and actor David Daniel had the much better idea of playing him as a version of Tony Soprano.
One of the louts casually recalled an encounter with a onetime lady friend in graphic terms.
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.
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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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