Knout definition

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A leather whip formerly used in Russia to flog criminals.
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To flog with a knout.
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To flog with a knout.
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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.
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To flog or beat with a knout.

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A leather scourge used for flogging.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
knout
Plural:
knouts

Origin of knout

  • French from Russian knut from Old Russian knutŭ from Old Norse knūtr knot in cord

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via French, from Russian кнут (knut), from Old Norse knútr (“knot in a cord”).

    From Wiktionary