Definition of flout verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

flout

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//flaʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flaʊt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flout
BrE BrE//flaʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flaʊt//
 
he / she / it flouts
BrE BrE//flaʊts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flaʊts//
 
past simple flouted
BrE BrE//ˈflaʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊtɪd//
 
past participle flouted
BrE BrE//ˈflaʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊtɪd//
 
-ing form flouting
BrE BrE//ˈflaʊtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊtɪŋ//
 
 
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flout something to show that you have no respect for a law, etc. by openly not obeying it synonym defy Motorists regularly flout the law. to flout authority/convention She likes flouting convention and doing her own thing. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: perhaps from Dutch fluiten ‘whistle, play the flute, hiss (in derision)’; German dialect pfeifen auf, literally ‘pipe at’, has a similar extended meaning.
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