from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A leather scourge used for flogging.
- transitive v. To flog with a knout.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A leather scourge (multi-tail whip), in the severe version known as 'great knout' with metal weights on each tongue, notoriously used in imperial Russia.
- v. To flog or beat with a knout.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of whip for flogging criminals, formerly much used in Russia. The lash is a tapering bundle of leather thongs twisted with wire and hardened, so that it mangles the flesh.
- transitive v. To punish with the knout.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A whip or scourge formerly used in Russia for the punishment of the worst criminals.
- To punish with the knout or whip.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire; used for flogging prisoners
French, from Russian knut, from Old Russian knutŭ, from Old Norse knūtr, knot in cord.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via French, from Russian кнут, from Old Norse knútr ("knot in a cord"). (Wiktionary)