- Flout is defined as to openly show hatred or disregard toward someone or something.
- An example of flout is someone spitting in another's face and walking away.
- An example of flout is to refuse to abide by a specific law because you don't agree with the law.
- to mock or scoff at; show scorn or contempt for
- to openly disregard, as by rejecting, defying, or ignoring
Origin of floutprobably special use of Middle English flouten, to play the flute, hence, whistle (at)
to be scornful; show contempt; jeer; scoff
a scornful or contemptuous action or speech; mockery; scoffing; insult
transitive verbflout·ed, flout·ing, flouts
- To ignore or disregard (a rule or convention, for example) in an open or defiant way: flout a law; behavior that flouted convention. See Usage Note at flaunt.
- Archaic To express contempt for; mock or jeer at.
Origin of floutPerhaps from Middle English flouten, to play the flute, from Old French flauter, from flaute, flute; see flute.
(third-person singular simple present flouts, present participle flouting, simple past and past participle flouted)
- Do not confuse with flaunt.