\ ˈklau̇t How to pronounce clout (audio) \

Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 dialectal, chiefly British : a piece of cloth or leather : rag
2 : a blow especially with the hand When she was naughty, she would get a clout from her mother. also : a hard hit in baseball
3 : a white cloth on a stake or frame used as a target in archery
4 : pull, influence political clout She parlayed her box-office clout to wealth and independence— B. S. Pierre


clouted; clouting; clouts

Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or patch with a clout clouted his worn-out shoe with a piece of leather
2 : to hit forcefully He clouted 19 home runs last year. He clouted him on the back of the head.

Examples of clout in a Sentence

Noun She used her political clout to have another school built. gave the stubborn handle a solid clout to make it turn Verb He clouted 19 home runs last year. He'll clout me around the head if he finds out what I've done.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Virtually every interaction between them is governed by the exercising or the amalgamation of clout. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 21 Nov. 2021 Whatever the reasons the two have spent more time apart, the perception of Harris’ clout in the administration is in part tied to her proximity. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2021 What will be the influence of a new class of Black moguls — among them Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Shonda Rhimes — who have amassed a level of financial and producing clout of which Blacks in the past could only have dreamed? Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 This transferring of political clout out of her community to districts where it is essentially erased has become an obsession for MacFarland., 15 Oct. 2021 The clash encapsulates the ideological struggle at the heart of the Democratic Party and represents a test of Biden's political clout as President and his party's success in leveraging a window of power in the White House and Congress. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 The outcome also will provide a test of Biden's clout after a difficult August and in advance of the 2022 midterms, when control of Congress and more than half of the nation’s governorships are up for grabs. Alexandra Jaffe, ajc, 8 Sep. 2021 For example, Stamford grew and Hartford shrank, a likely gain of political clout for one and loss for the other. Mark Pazniokas,, 7 Sep. 2021 This is because Pulse, whose members had named Windswept as a goal, became an attractive destination for writers and artists who wanted to work with an independent company with a certain level of clout. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s because, despite your plutonium card status, earned by staying across that group’s thousands of properties, advisors have clout with that particular hotel based on regularly booking clients there. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The researchers then clout the strontium with a laser that puts the atoms in a superposition state. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2020 Jaxson Weber-Stewart and Jarrett Tjaden clouted back-to-back doubles for the big hits. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 15 June 2019 In one of the South Zone tournament games, Atchley used his only two plate appearances to clout a double, sending a ball over the left fielder’s head, and hitting a single, giving him a team-leading three RBIs. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 31 July 2019 Sammy Moreno clouted a two-RBI double and Maddox Juarez added a run-scoring single to left field, creating the 8-0 lead. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 17 July 2019 When Wall Street calls, Chicago’s clouted class listens. Lisa Donovan,, 12 June 2019 The other highlight was Bryce Mead clouting a grand slam during a six-run first inning. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2018 Jordan Phillips, who set the table for his clean-up hitter by clouting a double in the first and a single in the third, scored on both of Martin’s doubles. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of clout


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clout

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English clūt; akin to Middle High German klōz lump, Russian gluda

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“Clout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the power to influence or control situations
: a hit especially with the hand



English Language Learners Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit (the ball) very hard
: to hit (someone or something) hard especially with your hand


\ ˈklau̇t How to pronounce clout (audio) \

Kids Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hit especially with the hand
2 : the power to influence or control situations


clouted; clouting

Kids Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit hard

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