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

 

clout

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verb
BrE BrE//klaʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaʊt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clout
BrE BrE//klaʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaʊt//
 
he / she / it clouts
BrE BrE//klaʊts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaʊts//
 
past simple clouted
BrE BrE//ˈklaʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklaʊtɪd//
 
past participle clouted
BrE BrE//ˈklaʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklaʊtɪd//
 
-ing form clouting
BrE BrE//ˈklaʊtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklaʊtɪŋ//
 
 
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clout somebody (informal) to hit somebody hard, especially with your hand He started to clout me round the head, yelling at the top of his voice. Something clouted me on the left shoulder. Word Origin Old English clūt (in the sense ‘a patch or metal plate’); related to Dutch kluit ‘lump, clod’, also to cleat and clot. The shift of sense to ‘heavy blow’, which dates from late Middle English, is difficult to explain; possibly the change occurred first in the verb (from ‘put a patch on’ to ‘hit hard’).Extra examples He started to clout me round the head, yelling at the top of his voice. Something clouted me on the left shoulder.

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