Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An awkward and stupid person; an oaf. See Synonyms at boor.
  • intransitive v. To bow or curtsy.
  • intransitive v. To bend or stoop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Troublemaker, often violent.
  • n. A clownish, awkward fellow; a bumpkin.
  • n. A rude violent man, yob.
  • v. To treat as a lout or fool; to neglect; to disappoint.
  • v. To bend, bow, stoop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A clownish, awkward fellow; a bumpkin.
  • intransitive v. To bend; to box; to stoop.
  • transitive v. To treat as a lout or fool; to neglect; to disappoint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bend, stoop, or crouch; bow; courtesy; make humble obeisance.
  • To lie quiet; lurk. See lote.
  • To loiter, tarry, or stay. Hearne.
  • To bow down; abase.
  • To treat as a lout; flout.
  • To low or bellow.
  • To milk, as a cow.
  • n. An awkward, ungainly fellow; a clown.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an awkward stupid person

Etymologies

Possibly from lout2.
Middle English louten, from Old English lūtan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of dialectal origin, compare Middle English louten "to bow, bend low, stoop over" from Old English lūtan from Proto-Germanic *leut-. Cognate with Old Norse lútr ("stooping"), Gothic 𐌻𐌿𐍄𐌾𐌽 (luton, "to deceive"). Non-Germanic cognates are probably Old Church Slavonic лоудити (luditi, "to deceive"), Serbo-Croatian луд (lud) and Albanian lut ("to beg, pray"). (Wiktionary)
Old English lūtan, from Germanic. Cognate with Old Norse lúta, Danish lude ("to bend"), Norwegian lute ("stoop"), Swedish luta. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ignorant, callous, self-centered, incapable of self-improvement lout is more like it.

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  • Then her cheeks became red with anger as she remembered that her Tom had been called a lout — a stupid lout.

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  • Then her cheeks became red with anger as she remembered that her Tom had been called a lout -- a stupid lout.

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  • The talk show host, well-known left-leaning journalist Gad Lerner, invited Berlusconi to tone down his comments and at one point called him a "lout" when Berlusconi made a swipe against the female guests on the show.

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  • From this there grew up within her mind a certain respect for the "lout", which, however, made him more disagreeable to her than he might have been had he been less persistent.

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  • Before the day was over Lady Tringle spoke to her son, and was astonished to find that the "lout" was quite in earnest -- so much in earnest that he declared his purpose of marrying his cousin in opposition to his father and mother, in opposition even to Ayala herself.

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  • The dread of being considered a "lout" by your senior is a motive which appeals forcibly to most boys; and for a week or so Dick made a feverish show of returning to his outdoor sports, and doing himself justice.

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  • Jennet came in, and dropped a "lout" to the bride, whom she was disposed to regard with great reverence as a real lady.

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  • The talk show host, well-known left-leaning journalist Gad Lerner, invited Mr. Berlusconi to tone down his comments and at one point called him a "lout" when Mr. Berlusconi made a swipe against the female guests on the show.

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  • I do not like to hear a young man called a lout because he’s more like a man of business than a man of pleasure.”

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  • Lout under NO SMOKING triangle smokes.

    - Peter Reading, Clues, from Fiction, 1979

    June 26, 2008