What does clout mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cloutnoun

    a target used in archery

  2. pull, cloutnoun

    special advantage or influence

    "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"

  3. clout nail, cloutnoun

    a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood

  4. punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slugverb

    (boxing) a blow with the fist

    "I gave him a clout on his nose"

  5. cloutverb

    strike hard, especially with the fist

    "He clouted his attacker"


  1. cloutnoun

    Influence or effectiveness, especially political.

  2. cloutnoun

    A blow with the hand.

  3. cloutnoun

    A home run.

  4. cloutnoun

    The center of the butt at which archers shoot; probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.

  5. cloutnoun

    A swaddling cloth.

  6. cloutnoun

    A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.

  7. cloutnoun

    An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer.

  8. cloutnoun

    A piece; a fragment.

  9. cloutverb

    To hit, especially with the fist.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. A CLOUTnoun

    Etymology: clut, Saxon.

    His garment, nought but many ragged clouts,
    With thorns together pinn’d, and patched was. Edmund Spenser, F. Q.

    A clout upon that head,
    Where late the diadem stood. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    In pow’r of spittle and a clout,
    When e’er he please to blot it out. Jonathan Swift.

    He drew a good bow: he shot a fine shoot: he would have clapt in the clout at twelve score. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV. p. ii.

  2. To Cloutverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I thought he slept, and put
    My clouted brogues from off my feet, whose rudeness
    Answer’d my steps too loud. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The dull swain
    Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon. John Milton.

    Milk some unhappy ewe,
    Whose clouted leg her hurt doth shew. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.

    Many sentences of one meaning be clouted up together. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.


  1. clout

    Clout refers to influence or power, especially in politics, or within a particular domain or industry. It is often earned through status, wealth, or a strong network of contacts. Furthermore, in digital and social media contexts, clout refers to one's visibility, influence or popularity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cloutnoun

    a cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag

  2. Cloutnoun

    a swadding cloth

  3. Cloutnoun

    a piece; a fragment

  4. Cloutnoun

    the center of the butt at which archers shoot; -- probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head

  5. Cloutnoun

    an iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer

  6. Cloutnoun

    a blow with the hand

  7. Cloutnoun

    to cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout

  8. Cloutnoun

    to join or patch clumsily

  9. Cloutnoun

    to quard with an iron plate, as an axletree

  10. Cloutnoun

    to give a blow to; to strike

  11. Cloutnoun

    to stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole

  12. Etymology: [OE. clutien. clouten, to patch. See Clout, n.]


  1. Clout

    Clout were originally a five-piece, South African million-selling all-girl rock group formed in 1977, best known for their song, "Substitute".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clout

    klowt, n. a piece of cloth used for mending: a rag: a piece of cloth used by archers to shoot at, then the shot itself: a blow: a cuff.—v.t. to mend with a patch: to cover with a cloth: to cuff.—p.adj. Clout′ed (Shak.), heavy and patched, as shoes having nails in the soles: covered with a clout.—adj. Clout′erly, clownish.—ns. Clout′-nail, a large-headed nail used for the soles of boots; Clout′-shoe, a shoe having the sole protected by clout-nails. [A.S. clút; cf. Ice. klútr, a kerchief; Dan. klud, rag.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. clout

    From the Teutonic kotzen, a blow. Also, a gore of blood.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clout in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clout in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of clout in a Sentence

  1. Prince Ali:

    How can this Task Force address change in any meaningful way within such a short timeline ? There can be no quick fix to issues that are clearly structural, any Task Force that really will have the clout to bring about such vital reform should be a totally independent body, not from within the governance structure of FIFA.

  2. Richard Gowan:

    With Pompeo more firmly in control and John Bolton focused on his anti-multilateral agenda, there's a sense the Richard Gowan ambassador will have less clout.

  3. Bill Kristol:

    Conservatives in House could show clout by blocking this ill-advised 'fix' of Obamacare.

  4. Van Heerden:

    There will always be activists and that's how they make their money, they have no clout here in Namibia, because people understand hunting.

  5. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

    Britain is always going to have clout, it's just obviously amplified by its strength as part of the EU, i believe we're always better when we work as closely as possible together and separatism, or division, doesn't seem to be a productive path for countries.

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Translations for clout

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  • парцал, парче плат, удрям, плесница, парчеBulgarian
  • uhoditCzech
  • Kopfnuss, Gewicht, EinflussGerman
  • hitunen, rätti, vaikutusvalta, painoarvo, tilkku, paikka, lyödä, pilkka, kunnari, tälli, kapalo, pilkku, riepu, prikkaFinnish
  • influenceFrench
  • oorvijg, klap, wikkel, vod, stuk, fragment, doek, rondel, brok, invloed, slag, doelwit, slaan, oorvijgen, luier, lap, ringDutch
  • znaczenie politycznePolish
  • вес, удар, затрещина, влияниеRussian
  • pelenë, arnëAlbanian
  • nüfuzTurkish

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    equally skillful with each hand
    A unsealed
    B ultimo
    C ambidextrous
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