Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “clout”

clout

noun [C] (HIT)    /klaʊt/ informal
the act of hitting someone or something with your hand or with a heavy object: If the photocopier stops working, just give it a clout.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain
(Definition of clout noun (HIT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of clout

More definitions for “clout”

Definitions of “clout” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More