Flout

  • 11flout — 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 …

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  • 12flout — 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) …

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  • 13flout — [v] show contempt for affront, defy, deride, disregard, gibe, gird, insult, jeer, laugh at, mock, outrage, quip, repudiate, ridicule, scoff, scorn, slight, sneer, spurn, taunt, thumb nose at*; concept 54 Ant. honor, respect …

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  • 14flout — flaunt, flout The two words are unrelated. To flaunt means ‘to display ostentatiously’: • Women should have it both ways they should be able to flaunt their sexuality and be taken seriously E. Wurtzel, 1998. To flout means ‘to show contempt for… …

    Modern English usage

  • 15flout — UK [flaʊt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms flout : present tense I/you/we/they flout he/she/it flouts present participle flouting past tense flouted past participle flouted to deliberately refuse to obey a rule or custom Skateboarders know they …

    English dictionary

  • 16flout — [[t]flaʊt[/t]] v. t. 1) to treat with disdain or scorn; scoff at: to flout the rules[/ex] 2) to show disdain or scorn; scoff, mock, or gibe 3) a disdainful or scornful remark or act; insult; gibe • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME: to play the flute; cf …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17flout — /flaʊt / (say flowt) verb (t) to mock; scoff at; treat with disdain or contempt: to flout the rules. {Middle English floute(n), variant of flute (verb). Compare Dutch fluiten play the flute, mock, impose upon} –flouter, noun Usage: Flout is… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 18flout — flouter, n. floutingly, adv. /flowt/, v.t. 1. to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety. v.i. 2. to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe (often fol. by at). n. 3. a disdainful,… …

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  • 19flout — See flaunt. See flaunt, flout …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 20flout — verb ADVERB ▪ deliberately, openly ▪ The protesters have openly flouted the law. Flout is used with these nouns as the object: ↑convention, ↑law, ↑regulation, ↑rule …

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