a leather whip formerly used in Russia to flog criminals
Origin of knoutRussian knut from Swed, a knot
to flog with a knout
A leather scourge used for flogging.
transitive verbknout·ed, knout·ing, knouts
To flog with a knout.
Origin of knoutFrench from Russian knut from Old Russian knutŭ from Old Norse knūtr knot in cord
- A leather scourge (multi-tail whip), in the severe version known as 'great knout' with metal weights on each tongue, notoriously used in imperial Russia.
(third-person singular simple present knouts, present participle knouting, simple past and past participle knouted)