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[flout] /flaʊt/
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
Related forms
flouter, noun
floutingly, adverb
unflouted, adjective
Can be confused
flaunt, flout (see usage note at flaunt)
Usage note
See flaunt. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flouted
  • Nonetheless, this new study clearly shows that this legislation is being flouted.
  • Many of the gaping crowd flouted tradition by wearing shoes.
  • In the process, they flouted the will of the people.
  • By the end, he has flaunted and flouted nearly every permutation of the martial and marital arts.
  • The state had to enforce its writ where it was being so criminally flouted.
  • Reliance has always flouted and influenced government policy for their own benefit.
  • Human rights have undeniably been widely abused, and are still being flouted in many parts of the world.
  • History has not been kind to those nations which ignored or flouted the rights and aspirations of their people.
  • Application of the legal minimum employment age continues to be flouted in both the formal and informal sectors.
  • He ignored and deliberately flouted regulatory requirements, and lied to regulators.
British Dictionary definitions for flouted


when intr, usually foll by at. to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)
Derived Forms
flouter, noun
floutingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Middle English flouten to play the flute, from Old French flauter compare Dutch fluiten; see flute
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Word Origin and History for flouted



1550s, perhaps a special use of Middle English flowten "to play the flute" (cf. Middle Dutch fluyten "to play the flute," also "to jeer"). Related: Flouted; flouting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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