- 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.
- 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 of cloutMiddle 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 of cloutME clutien < the n.
nounChiefly Midland US
Origin of cloutMiddle English, cloth patch, shred of clothing, probably from Old English clūt.
- a. Influence; pull: “Doctors have banded together into large negotiating groups in efforts to increase their clout” (George Anders).b. Power; muscle.
- A blow, especially with the fist.
- a. Baseball A long powerful hit.b. Sports An archery target.
transitive verbclout·ed, clout·ing, clouts
Origin of cloutMiddle English, back of the hand, slap, probably from clout, cloth patch, metal plate, fragment; see clout1.
- Influence or effectiveness, especially political.
- (regional, informal) A blow with the hand.
- (informal) A home run.
- (archery) The center of the butt at which archers shoot; probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
- (regional, dated) A swaddling cloth.
- (archaic) A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.
- (archaic) An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer.
(third-person singular simple present clouts, present participle clouting, simple past and past participle clouted)
Old English clūt, from Proto-Germanic *klūtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *glūdos. Cognate with Old Norse klútr (“kerchief”) (Swedish klut, Danish klud), Middle High German klōz (“lump”) (German Kloß), dialect Russian глуда (gluda) . See also cleat. The sense "influence, especially political" originated in the dialect of Chicago, but has become widespread.