Definition of Clout

Pronunciation: klout
n.1.A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.
His garments, nought but many ragged clouts,
With thorns together pinned and patched was.
- Spenser.
A clout upon that head where late the diadem stood.
- Shak.
2.A swadding cloth.
3.A piece; a fragment.
4.The center of the butt at which archers shoot; - probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
A'must shoot nearer or he'll ne'er hit the clout.
- Shak.
5.An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer.
6.A blow with the hand.
Clout nail
a kind of wrought-iron nail heaving a large flat head; - used for fastening clouts to axletrees, plowshares, etc., also for studding timber, and for various purposes.
v. t.1.To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout.
[imp. & p. p. Clouted; p. pr. & vb. n. Clouting.]
And old shoes and clouted upon their feet.
- Josh. ix. 5.
Paul, yea, and Peter, too, had more skill in . . . clouting an old tent than to teach lawyers.
- Latimer.
2.To join or patch clumsily.
If fond Bavius vent his clouted song.
- P. Fletcher
3.To quard with an iron plate, as an axletree.
4.To give a blow to; to strike.
The . . . queen of Spain took off one of her chopines and clouted Olivarez about the noddle with it.
- Howell.
5.To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
Clouted cream
clotted cream, i. e., cream obtained by warming new milk.
- A. Philips.

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