Definitions for knoutnaʊt
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a whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals.
(v.t.)to flog with the knout.
Origin of knout:
1710–20; < F < Russ knut, ORuss
a whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire; used for flogging prisoners
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.
To flog or beat with a knout.
Origin: Via , from кнут, from knútr.
a kind of whip for flogging criminals, formerly much used in Russia. The last is a tapering bundle of leather thongs twisted with wire and hardened, so that it mangles the flesh
to punish with the knout