Flout

  • 1flout´er — flout «flowt», verb, noun. –v.t. to treat with contempt or scorn; mock; scoff at: »The foolish boy flouted his mother s advice. SYNONYM(S): taunt. –v.i. to show contempt or scorn; mock; scoff: »Ah, you may flout and turn up your faces (Robert… …

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  • 2flout — [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… …

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  • 3Flout — 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.… …

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  • 4Flout — 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] …

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  • 5Flout — Flout, n. A mock; an insult. [1913 Webster] Who put your beauty to this flout and scorn. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6flout — flout·er; flout·ing·ly; flout; …

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  • 7flout — [ 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

  • 8flout — ► 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 …

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  • 9flout — [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… …

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  • 10flout — 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… …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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… …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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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