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Princeton's WordNet

  1. knout(noun)

    a whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire; used for flogging prisoners


  1. knout(Noun)

    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.

  2. knout(Verb)

    To flog or beat with a knout.

  3. Origin: Via , from кнут, from knútr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knout(noun)

    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

  2. Knout(verb)

    to punish with the knout

  3. Origin: [Russ. knut'; prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. knut knot, knout, Icel. kntr knot: cf. F. knout. See Knot.]


  1. Knout

    A knout is a heavy scourge-like multiple whip, usually made of a bunch of rawhide thongs attached to a long handle, sometimes with metal wire or hooks incorporated. The English word stems from a spelling-pronunciation of a French transliteration of the Russian word кнут, which simply means "whip".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knout

    nowt, n. a whip formerly used as an instrument of punishment in Russia: punishment inflicted by the knout. [Russ. knute.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knout in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knout in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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