Definition of Clout

1. Noun. A target used in archery.

Generic synonyms: Mark, Target

2. Verb. Strike hard, especially with the fist. "The fighter managed to clout his opponent"; "He clouted his attacker"
Generic synonyms: Strike

3. Noun. Special advantage or influence. "The chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
Exact synonyms: Pull
Generic synonyms: Advantage, Vantage

4. Noun. A short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood.
Exact synonyms: Clout Nail
Generic synonyms: Nail

5. Noun. (boxing) a blow with the fist. "I gave him a clout on his nose"
Exact synonyms: Biff, Lick, Poke, Punch, Slug
Specialized synonyms: Counter, Counterpunch, Parry, Haymaker, Knockout Punch, Ko Punch, Sunday Punch, Hook, Jab, Rabbit Punch, Sucker Punch
Category relationships: Boxing, Fisticuffs, Pugilism
Generic synonyms: Blow
Derivative terms: Biff, Poke, Punch, Slug

Definition of Clout

1. n. A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.

2. v. t. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout.

Definition of Clout

1. Noun. Influence or effectiveness, especially political. ¹

2. Noun. (regional informal) A blow with the hand. ¹

3. Noun. (informal) A home run. ¹

4. Noun. (archery) The center of the butt at which archers shoot; probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head. ¹

5. Noun. (regional dated) A swaddling cloth. ¹

6. Noun. (archaic) A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag. ¹

7. Noun. (archaic) An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer. ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) A piece; a fragment. ¹

9. Verb. To hit, especially with the fist. ¹

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Definition of Clout

1. to hit with the hand [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clout

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Literary usage of Clout

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1891)
"I'll give you a clout on your jolly nob ; I'll give you a blow on the head. ... 'If you had a father that'd fetch you a clout of the head as soon as look at ..."

2. Health Security: The President's Report to the American People by Domestic Policy Council (U. S.) (1993)
"STRENGTHENING BUYING clout Increased buying clout can bring down costs. In today's health insurance market, for example, big companies can go to an ..."

3. Chief British Poets of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: Selected Poems by William Allan Neilson, Kenneth Grant Tremayne Webster (1916)
"COLIN clout" WHAT can it avail To drive forth a snail, Or to make a sail To rime or to rail, Of an herring's tail ? To write or to indite, ..."

4. English Prose and Verse from Beowulf to Stevenson by Henry Spackman Pancoast (1915)
"The arraignment is put into the mouth of one Colin clout. ... clout may mean ragged or patched, hence we may assume that Colin clout (t!if- ..."

5. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"... A LITLE BOKE CALLED COLYN clout, COMPILED B\ MASTER SKELTON POET LAU- ... this ryme about My name is Colyn clout I propose to shake out All my conning ..."

6. Report and Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of (1875)
"Baird—" I shude up way me han an a vetch'd en a clout." i. 24 " clout " is used ... Williams—" clout. A blow in the face or head; to beat about the head. ..."

7. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"—Did Sandy hear ye, Te wadna misa to gut a clout, I ken he diana fear ye. ... To FA' clout, to fall, or come to the ground, with considerable force ..."

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