1 [lout]
an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
verb (used with object)
to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.

1540–50; perhaps special use of lout2

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2 [lout]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.

1250–1300; Middle English louten, Old English lūtan; cognate with Old Norse lūta; akin to little

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lout1 (laʊt)
a crude or oafish person; boor
[C16: perhaps from lout²]

lout2 (laʊt)
archaic (intr) to bow or stoop
[Old English lūtan; related to Old Norse lūta]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, "awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin," perhaps from dialectal derivative of O.E. verb lutan "bow low," from P.Gmc. *leut- "to bow, bend, stoop" (cf. O.N. lutr "stooping"), from PIE *leud- "to lurk" (cf. Goth. luton "to deceive," O.E. lot "deceit), also "to be small" (see
little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lith. liudeti "to mourn;" O.C.S. luditi "to deceive," ludu "foolish." Sense of "cad" is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.
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Computing Dictionary

Lout definition

Lout is a batch text formatting system and an embedded language by Jeffrey H. Kingston . The language is procedural, with Scribe-like syntax.
Lout features equation formatting, tables, diagrams, rotation and scaling, sorted indexes, bibliographic databases, running headers and odd-even pages and automatic cross-referencing. Lout is easily extended with definitions which are very much easier to write than troff of TeX macros because Lout is a high-level language, the outcome of an eight-year research project that went back to the beginning.
Version 2.05 includes a translator from Lout to PostScript and documentation. and runs under Unix and on the Amiga.
Author's site (ftp://ftp.cs.su.oz.au/jeff/lout.2.03.tar.Z), (ftp://ftp.uu.net/tmp/lout.tar.Z). Amiga (ftp://ftp.wustl.edu/pub/aminet/text/dtp/loutBin203.lha).
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Example sentences
To them, turning into a drunken lout improves their personality.
The bottom line is that many a great author has been a lout.
They only have to establish, on the balance of probabilities, that the local lout is making other people's lives difficult.
He was a boastful lout and a petty thief, who was a great source of pride to his father, despite his many shortcomings.
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