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Definition of "flout" []

  • To show contempt for; scorn: flout a law; behavior that flouted convention. See Usage Note at flaunt. (verb-transitive)
  • To be scornful. (verb-intransitive)
  • A contemptuous action or remark; an insult. (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.

Use "flout" in a sentence
  • "The OED’s first attestation of flaunt to mean flout is in 1923, so apparently once the error appeared, it took off like gangbusters."
  • "That’s weird, because the similarity between flaunt and flout is phonetic."
  • "To flout is to show contempt for: He flouts the law."
  • "When asked how best to deal with mining companies that "flout" regulations, Mary Lu Jordan, chairman of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, had a different take."
  • "GOP candidates "flout" family values? heh wrote on October 19, 2007 12: 47 PM:"