verb (used with object)
to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety.
verb (used without object)
to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe (often followed by at ).
a disdainful, scornful, or contemptuous remark or act; insult; gibe.

1350–1400; Middle English flouten to play the flute; compare Dutch fluiten to play the flute, jeer

flouter, noun
floutingly, adverb
unflouted, adjective

flaunt, flout (see usage note at flaunt).

See flaunt.
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flout (flaʊt)
vb (when intr, usually foll by at)
to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)
[C16: perhaps from Middle English flouten to play the flute, from Old French flauter compare Dutch fluiten; see flute]

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Main Entry:  flout1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to treat with contempt and disregard
Etymology:  Middle English flouten 'to play the flute'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  flout2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to mock, scoff
Etymology:  Middle English flouten 'to play the flute'
Usage:  intransitive
Main Entry:  flout
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  mockery, scoffing
Etymology:  Middle English flouten 'to play the flute'
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1550s, perhaps a special use of M.E. flowten "to play the flute" (cf. M.Du. fluyten "to play the flute," also "to jeer"). Related: Flouted; flouting.
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