(In imperial Russia) a whip used to inflict punishment, often causing death.
More example sentences
- Hugo Haase told the French socialists that ‘what the Prussian boot means to you, the Russian knout means to us’.
- The men hold heavy, thick-ended knouts of ash; most of their sons carry whippy stems of hazel.
- ‘Sergei - Kap - please don't -’ I begged, but the sting of the knout against the skin of my back made me cry out in mid-plea.
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mid 17th century: via French from Russian knut, from Old Norse knútr; related to knot1.
Definition of knout in:
- The US English dictionary