- The definition of clout means strong influence or a clout is a blow or a punch.
- An example of clout is intense political power.
- An example of a clout is a punch to the face.
- To clout is defined as to strike with the hand or to hit a ball hard.
An example of to clout is to punch someone in the arm.
clout definition by Webster's New World
- Now Chiefly Dial.
- a piece of cloth or leather for patching
- any piece of cloth, esp. one for cleaning; rag
- a blow, with or as with the hand; rap
- ☆ Informal
- a hard hit, as in baseball
- power or influence; esp., political power
- Archery a form of long-distance shooting in which archers aim at a large target laid out on the ground with a flag in the center
Origin: Middle English cloute ; from Old English clut (akin to Middle Low German klūt, clod of earth), origin, originally , lump of something, hence, piece of cloth, patch: for Indo-European base see climb
- Now Chiefly Dial. to patch or mend coarsely
- Informal to strike, as with the hand
- Informal to hit (a ball) hard
Origin: ME clutien < the n.
clout definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A blow, especially with the fist.
- a. Baseball A long powerful hit.b. Sports An archery target.
- Informal a. Influence; pull: “Women in dual-earner households are gaining in job status and earnings … giving them more clout at work and at home” (Sue Shellenbarger).b. Power; muscle.
- Chiefly Midland U.S. A piece of cloth, especially a baby's diaper.
Origin: Middle English, probably from Old English clūt, cloth patch.