Louts



[lout] /laʊt/

noun
1.
an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
verb (used with object)
2.
to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.
[lout] /laʊt/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.
/laʊt/
noun
1.
a crude or oafish person; boor
/laʊt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (archaic) to bow or stoop
n.

1540s, “awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin,” perhaps from a dialectal survival of Middle English louten (v.) “bow down” (c.1300), from Old English lutan “bow low,” from Proto-Germanic *lut- “to bow, bend, stoop” (cf. Old Norse lutr “stooping,” which might also be the source of the modern English word), from PIE *leud- “to lurk” (cf. Gothic luton “to deceive,” Old English lot “deceit), also “to be small” (see little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lithuanian liudeti “to mourn;” Old Church Slavonic luditi “to deceive,” ludu “foolish.” Sense of “cad” is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.

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