knout

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via French, from Russian кнут (knut), from Old Norse knútr (knot in a cord).

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Noun[edit]

knout (plural knouts)

  1. 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.
    • 1980: Spray and then slogging knouts of water hit the windows or lights like snarling disaffected at a mansion of the rich and frivolous. — Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
    • 2005: The lieutenant gave him twenty strokes of the knout and stuck him in a cage for a few days till the snow was ankle deep. — James Meek, The People's Act of Love (Canongate 2006, p. 193)

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Verb[edit]

knout (third-person singular simple present knouts, present participle knouting, simple past and past participle knouted)

  1. To flog or beat with a knout.
    • 1992: Different, isn’t it? It’s called kava, by the way. The Fijians make it by knouting some root or other. — Will Self, Cock and Bull

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Russian кнут (knut)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

knout m (plural knouts)

  1. knout, scourge
  2. a flogging administered with such a multiple whip; a condemnation to suffer it