- 1Openly disregard (a rule, law or convention): these same companies still flout basic ethical practicesMore example sentences
- In the future, how can we make demands like that with a straight face - or will others pay any heed when we ignore the conventions and flout the rules ourselves?
- Under EU rules they flout the law if they carry out the same practice as American dentists and could face six months in jail or a £5,000 fine.
- In fact, the aggressor in this war has not only ignored the relevant UN resolution, it has defied the United Nations and openly flouted international law.
- 1.1 [no object] • archaic Mock; scoff: the women pointed and flouted at herMore example sentences
- ‘Okay, you get off this time but just make sure you know, flattery only gets you so far,’ she flouted.
mid 16th century: perhaps from Dutch fluiten 'whistle, play the flute, hiss (in derision'); German dialect pfeifen auf, literally 'pipe at', has a similar extended meaning.
Flout and flaunt do not have the same meaning: see flaunt (usage).