flout

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flout treat with contemptuous disregard "flout the rules"
    • v flout laugh at with contempt and derision "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flout A mock; an insult. "Who put your beauty to this flout and scorn."
    • v. t Flout To mock or insult; to treat with contempt. "Phillida flouts me.""Three gaudy standards flout the pale blue sky."
    • v. i Flout To practice mocking; to behave with contempt; to sneer; to fleer; -- often with at. "Fleer and gibe, and laugh and flout ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flout A flute.
    • n flout A boys' whistle.
    • n flout A truss or bundle.
    • flout To play on the flute.
    • flout To mock; jeer; scoff; behave with disdain or contumely: with at before an object.
    • flout To mock or scoff at; treat with disdain or contempt.
    • flout Synonyms See taunt.
    • n flout A mock; a scoff; a gibe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Flout flowt to jeer, mock, or insult: to treat with contempt
    • n Flout a mock: an insult
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OD. fluyten, to play the flute, to jeer, D. fluiten, fr. fluit, fr. French. See Flute

Usage

In literature:

Flout 'em and scout 'em.
"The Facts About Shakespeare" by William Allan Nielson
You have flouted me; now I shall flout you.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
She allers fit and flouted her beaux, and the more she fit and flouted 'em the more they 'd be arter her.
"Oldtown Fireside Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Let us flout him, then, with some gay song.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
His rejoinder was maddening because it flouted their vaunted wisdom, and withal was unanswerable.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
The master was not used to having his suggestions flouted.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Her wits were alert, sharpened by the hideous necessity of placating this amazing creature she dared not openly flout.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
From Fools' hall to the pavilion of the tournament had she flouted him.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Instead of considering he flouted it.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Deemest thou me a child, to be flouted on this wise?
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
He had repaid her flouting of him by tireless devotion and a measureless service!
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
His partisans would be furious with me, they would say I flouted his memory.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Long Island Spaceport is openly flouting the law, if you want to look at it that way.
"A Spaceship Named McGuire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I neither think this Evolution hypothesis is to be flouted away contemptuously, nor that it ought to be denounced as wicked.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
It was an echo of her flouting laugh, yet there was a little catch in the middle of it.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
Bessie did not pout or flout when neither Levi nor her father appeared to receive her.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
I was delayed at every turn, flouted and finally robbed of my weapons and all my money.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
At Tunis he was openly flouted.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Are you disposed to win a little and flout the danger of losing?
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
He was not free simply to flout the legacy and toss it angrily aside.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
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In poetry:

One maxim let me state once more;
A maxim stated once before--
"Though marriage we may praise, or flout,
We hang to get in, and get out,"
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton
"Oh, silence, sir!" said SIMON M.,
"Dukes - Earls! What should I care for them?
These worldly ranks I scorn and flout!"
"Of course," the agent said, "no doubt!"
"The Reverend Simon Magus" by William Schwenck Gilbert
So saith he, when noontide fervors flout him,
So thinks, when the West is amber and red,
When he smells the hop-vines sweet about him,
And the clouds are rosy overhead.
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow
"And if any one here her birth do disdain,
Her father is ready, with might and with main,
To prove she is come of a noble degree,
Therefore never flout at pretty Bessee."
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
We were stretched on the grass when the cuckoo's voice
Bade the old grow young, and the young rejoice;
The half—fledged singer who flouts and rails,
So forces the note when his first note fails:
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
With one small sigh thou gav'st me th' other day
I blasted all the joyes about me:
And scouling on them as they pin'd away,
Now come again, said I, and flout me,
O show thy self to me,
Or take me up to thee!
"Home" by George Herbert

In news:

Which Language Rules to Flout .
Google Policy Changes Flout Consumer Privacy, Say AGs.
Some GOP lawmakers now flout anti-tax man Grover Norquist.
Montgomery For more than a year Montgomery city officials have been flouting state and federal laws by importing cheaper drugs from Canada.
34 cited for illegal off- roading Riders flouted recently posted signs warning against use of land.
Ruhr Triennale Flouts Tradition.
Dozens, possibly hundreds, of government workers throughout the region may flout state or local rules that require they live in the communities in which they work and vote.
"Super 301's Big Bite Flouts the Rules" (Business Forum, June 4) claims that this section of the trade law violates America's commitment to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and free trade.
Former Mayor Willie Brown is a powerful advocate for private interests — but he flouts lobbyist registration laws.
Apparently the flight attendants are just supposed to sit there and do nothing when passengers blatantly flout regulations.
But experts say that the rules relating to such certificates are often flouted.
LAS CRUCES — Back in June, the Mesilla Marshal's Department started to enforce a town ordinance which allows them to seize vehicles from repeat drunken drivers or those that flout related court sanctions.
Some GOP lawmakers now flout anti-tax man Norquist.
With GOP lawmakers flouting anti-tax pledge, is Norquist losing power.
A Colorado company flouts physics to make the A/C of the future.
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