Definition of knout in English:


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Pronunciation: /naʊt


(In imperial Russia) a whip used to inflict punishment, often causing death.
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  • 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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Flog (someone) with a knout.


mid 17th century: via French from Russian knut, from Old Norse knútr; related to knot1.

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