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[lou-tish] /ˈlaʊ tɪʃ/
like or characteristic of a lout; awkward; clumsy; boorish.
Origin of loutish
1545-55; lout1 + -ish1
Related forms
loutishly, adverb
loutishness, noun
churlish, uncouth, vulgar, coarse. Unabridged
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  • A little black bunch of loutish crew with nothing to do, and we the first passengers served up to be jeered at.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • She won the loutish crowd to listen to her on her own terms.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • However, this policeman was so loutish that he felt he could risk an almost perfect pronunciation.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • Personally, I prefer the polished Shylock to the loutish glutton.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • The man stood awkward and sulky, like a loutish schoolboy, detected and defiant.

    The Hole in the Wall Arthur Morrison
  • You are noble and Iwhatever claim I haveam but a loutish fellow.

  • Here is a health to the pretty Emerence, and here is to her loutish lover.

    Bucholz and the Detectives Allan Pinkerton
  • Jan too will have joined them by now, but he was loutish and clumsy.

    The Laughing Cavalier Baroness Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for loutish


characteristic of a lout; unpleasant and uncouth
Derived Forms
loutishly, adverb
loutishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loutish

1550s, from lout + -ish. Related: Loutishly; loutishness.

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