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Meaning of CLOUT

Pronunciation:  klawt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood
  2. [n]  a target used in archery
  3. [v]  strike hard, esp. with the fist; "He clouted his attacker"

CLOUT is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: clout nail
 See Also: mark, nail, strike, target



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Clout\, 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.
             His garments, nought but many ragged clouts, With
             thorns together pinned and patched was. --Spenser.
             A clout upon that head where late the diadem stood.
    2. A swadding cloth.
    3. A piece; a fragment. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    4. The center of the butt at which archers shoot; -- probably
       once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
             A'must shoot nearer or he'll ne'er hit the clout.
    5. An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from
       wearing; a washer.
    6. A blow with the hand. [Low]
    {Clout nail}, a kind of wrought-iron nail heaving a large
       flat head; -- used for fastening clouts to axletrees,
       plowshares, etc., also for studding timber, and for
       various purposes.
  2. \Clout\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clouted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Clouting}.] [OE. clutien. clouten, to patch. See {Clout},
    1. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to
       bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout.
             And old shoes and clouted upon their feet. --Josh.
                                                   ix. 5.
             Paul, yea, and Peter, too, had more skill in . . .
             clouting an old tent than to teach lawyers.
    2. To join or patch clumsily.
             If fond Bavius vent his clouted song. --P. Fletcher
    3. To quard with an iron plate, as an axletree.
    4. To give a blow to; to strike. [Low]
             The . . . queen of Spain took off one of her
             chopines and clouted Olivarez about the noddle with
             it.                                   --Howell.
    5. To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
    {Clouted cream}, clotted cream, i. e., cream obtained by
       warming new milk. --A. Philips.
    Note: ``Clouted brogues'' in Shakespeare and ``clouted
          shoon'' in Milton have been understood by some to mean
          shoes armed with nails; by others, patched shoes.
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