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

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

Possibly from lout2.
Middle English louten, from Old English lūtan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English lūtan, from Germanic. Cognate with Old Norse lúta, Danish lude ("to bend"), Norwegian lute ("stoop"), Swedish luta.

Examples

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

    Think Progress » Katrina Speech: Bush Pledges to Learn Lessons All Over Again

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

    Ayala's Angel

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

    Ayala's Angel

  • 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.

    WATCH: Berlusconi Phones Into TV Show To Call It A Brothel

  • 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.

    Ayala's Angel

  • 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.

    Ayala's Angel

  • 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.

    Follow My leader The Boys of Templeton

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

    Clare Avery A Story of the Spanish Armada

  • 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.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • 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.”

    Ayala's Angel

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Lout under NO SMOKING triangle smokes.

    - Peter Reading, Clues, from Fiction, 1979

    June 26, 2008