Definition of "clout" []

  • A blow, especially with the fist. (noun)
  • Baseball A long powerful hit. (noun)
  • Sports An archery target. (noun)
  • Informal Influence; pull: "Women in dual-earner households are gaining in job status and earnings ... giving them more clout at work and at home” ( Sue Shellenbarger). (noun)
  • Informal Power; muscle. (noun)
  • A blow with the hand or a hard object (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Power or influence, esp in politics (noun)
  • The target used in long-distance shooting (noun)
  • The centre of this target (noun)
  • A shot that hits the centre (noun)
  • A short flat-headed nail used esp for attaching sheet metal to wood (noun)
  • A piece of cloth (noun)
  • A garment (noun)
  • A patch (noun)
  • To give a hard blow to, esp with the hand (verb)
  • To patch with a piece of cloth or leather (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "clout" in a sentence
  • "You speculated how the word clout came to mean “to steal.”"
  • "Groups with a lot of members gain clout, but those groups also gain strife."
  • "Bloomberg News CALCULATED RISK: Garanti Bankasi will provide a gateway for BBVA to gain clout in Turkey."