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- IPA: /naʊt/
knout (plural knouts)
- 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)
kind of whip
- 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
From Russian кнут (knut)
knout m (plural knouts)
- knout, scourge
- a flogging administered with such a multiple whip; a condemnation to suffer it