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lout

noun [C]     /laʊt/
a young man who behaves in a very rude, offensive, and sometimes violent way: Teenage louts roam the streets at night.Unpleasant menUnpleasant people in general loutish     /ˈlaʊ.tɪʃ/ US  /-t̬ɪʃ/ adjective informal loutish behaviourViolent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly loutishness     /ˈlaʊ.tɪʃ.nəs/ US  /-t̬ɪʃ-/ noun [U] rude, offensive behaviourViolent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
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