lout·​ish ˈlau̇-tish How to pronounce loutish (audio)
: resembling or befitting a lout
loutishly adverb
loutishness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for loutish

boorish, churlish, loutish, clownish mean uncouth in manners or appearance.

boorish implies rudeness of manner due to insensitiveness to others' feelings and unwillingness to be agreeable.

a drunk's boorish behavior

churlish suggests surliness, unresponsiveness, and ungraciousness.

churlish remarks

loutish implies bodily awkwardness together with stupidity.

a loutish oaf

clownish suggests ill-bred awkwardness, ignorance or stupidity, ungainliness, and often a propensity for absurd antics.

an adolescent's clownish conduct

Examples of loutish in a Sentence

the loutish bully didn't have a whole lot of friends
Recent Examples on the Web At one point Jan, distracted by Kasia’s upcoming sonogram, is being drilled by his loutish captain. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 5 Sep. 2023 McNally is known for dishing dirt on his celebrity clientele, exposing loutish diners, and waxing philosophical about Manhattan cultural mores. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2023 Both Steve and Nick turn a blind eye to the way their mostly white clientele single out the token dancer of color for particularly loutish objectification, grabbing Otis’s head for a kiss or reaching inside his briefs despite his clear discomfort. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 Yet this film’s strong proto-feminist stance, in which two young women seek new, urban lives in Budapest while regularly battling loutish men, proves its biggest draw. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2022 Mira is attracted to the hunky commander Avraham (Yadin Gellen), while loutish serviceman Jamous (Elad Levi) pursues hot-tempered redhead Naomi (Neta Roth). Alissa Simon, Variety, 15 July 2022 Thus his ex-wife, a bank teller, becomes finance minister; a beat cop who refuses to take bribes (Oleksandr Pikalov) becomes defense minister; and the loutish actor Sergei Viktorovich Mukhin (Yevhen Koshovy) becomes foreign minister. David Klion, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 Leger finds him on a yacht, but before much is said, a loutish boat captain arrives to entice them with booze, heroin and women. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, 14 Aug. 2020 Of course, there is something loutish about driving this very proper British convertible so barbarously fast—a little like putting four olives in your afternoon restorative at the Lord's Club. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 20 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loutish was in 1542

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“Loutish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loutish. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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