Flout
Flout Flout, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flouted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flouting}.] [OD. fluyten to play the flute, to jeer, D. fluiten, fr. fluit, fr. French. See {Flute}.] To mock or insult; to treat with contempt. [1913 Webster]

Phillida flouts me. --Walton. [1913 Webster]

Three gaudy standards flout the pale blue sky. --Byron. [1913 Webster]


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  • flout — [flaut] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from flout to play the flute (14 16 centuries)] to deliberately disobey a law, rule etc, without trying to hide what you are doing ▪ Some companies flout the rules and employ children as young as… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Flout — Flout, v. i. To practice mocking; to behave with contempt; to sneer; to fleer; often with at. [1913 Webster] Fleer and gibe, and laugh and flout. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flout — Flout, n. A mock; an insult. [1913 Webster] Who put your beauty to this flout and scorn. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flout — flout·er; flout·ing·ly; flout; …   English syllables

  • flout — [ flaut ] verb transitive to deliberately refuse to obey a rule or custom: Skateboarders know they will be prosecuted if they flout the law …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flout — ► VERB 1) openly disregard (a rule, law, or convention). 2) archaic mock; scoff. USAGE On the confusion of flout and flaunt, see the note at FLAUNT(Cf. ↑flaunt). ORIGIN perhaps from Dutch fluiten whistle, play the flut …   English terms dictionary

  • flout — [flout] vt. [prob. special use of ME flouten, to play the flute, hence, whistle (at)] 1. to mock or scoff at; show scorn or contempt for 2. to openly disregard, as by rejecting, defying, or ignoring vi. to be scornful; show contempt; jeer; scoff… …   English World dictionary

  • flout — I verb affront, be contemptuous of, be disrespectful, be scornful, care nothing for, cavillari, contemn, defy, deride, despise, disdain, disregard, esteem slightly, feel contempt for, fleer, gibe, hold in contempt, hold in derision, hold in… …   Law dictionary

  • flout — 1550s, perhaps a special use of M.E. flowten to play the flute (Cf. M.Du. fluyten to play the flute, also to jeer ). Related: Flouted; flouting …   Etymology dictionary

  • flout — vb *scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, gird, sneer Analogous words: scout, scorn, *despise, contemn, disdain: spurn, repudiate (see DECLINE): deride, *ridicule, mock Antonyms: revere Contrasted words: regard, respect, esteem, admire (see under REGARD n) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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