I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English clūt; akin to Middle High German klōz lump, Russian gluda Date: before 12th century 1. dialect chiefly British a piece of cloth or leather ; rag 2. a blow especially with the hand; also a hard hit in baseball 3. a white cloth on a stake or frame used as a target in archery 4. pull, influence <
political clout
II. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to cover or patch with a clout 2. to hit forcefully

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Clout — (klout), n. [AS. cl[=u]t a little cloth, piece of metal; cf. Sw. klut, Icel. kl[=u]tr a kerchief, or W. clwt a clout, Gael. clud.] 1. A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag. [1913 Webster] His garments, nought but many ragged clouts …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clout — Clout, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clouted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clouting}.] [OE. clutien. clouten, to patch. See {Clout}, n.] 1. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout. [1913 Webster] And old shoes and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • clout — ► NOUN 1) informal a heavy blow. 2) informal influence or power. 3) archaic a piece of cloth or clothing. ► VERB informal ▪ hit hard. ● ne er cast a clout till May be out Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

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  • clout — (n.) O.E. clut lump of something, also patch of cloth put over a hole to mend it, from P.Gmc. *klutaz (Cf. O.N. klute kerchief, Dan. klud rag, tatter, Fris. klut lump, Du. kluit clod, lump ); perhaps related to CLOT (Cf. clot) …   Etymology dictionary

  • clout — vb *strike, hit, smite, punch, slug, slog, swat, slap, cuff, box Analogous words: *beat, pummel, thrash, baste, belabor …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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