Definition of lout in English:



  • An uncouth and aggressive man or boy.

    ‘he ended up brawling with a lout outside a curry house’
    ‘drunken louts’
    • ‘Extra security has been set up to ensure that no louts or hooligans will spoil the match for spectators.’
    • ‘Alexander was a drunken lout for most of his career.’
    • ‘Suspected villains, drunken louts and teenage yobs face being caught on camera thanks to a hi-tech move by Police.’
    • ‘It's time to stop louts and idiots getting their hands on cheap weapons every year.’
    • ‘Then one of the drunken louts caught her foot and she tumbled forward, hitting her head on the hardwood chair.’
    • ‘Bad drunken louts doing bad drunken things on the streets will be collared and asked to pay a fine.’
    • ‘Public service workers have to deal with some of these louts and thugs, along with the vast majority of ordinary, reasonable folk.’
    • ‘As well as vandalism, it will target drunken louts and unruly gangs who make neighbourhoods no-go areas.’
    • ‘Greater Manchester is getting tough on drunken louts as part of a national crackdown on alcohol-related crime.’
    • ‘Drunken louts could have all their booze confiscated under new police powers that have come into force.’
    • ‘Police have vowed to get tough to stop louts flouting a street-drinking ban.’
    • ‘The town may be a slice of rural England by day but town councillors say at night drunken louts recreate scenes normally reserved for town and city centres.’
    • ‘The drunken louts who cause trouble for themselves and others after a skinful of alcohol at the weekend may be open to subtle persuasion when sober.’
    • ‘You can escape the thugs and other louts who loiter on trains and buses.’
    • ‘She said her husband, a rail clerk, went outside to confront the louts but they just taunted him and started smashing his car.’
    • ‘The town's aggressive crusade against firework louts has been hailed as the must successful in years.’
    • ‘There are no hawkers on the beach; no deafening discos; no drunken louts and no noise of jet skis.’
    • ‘It appears to be drunken louts who were responsible and they must have had had a motive.’
    • ‘A family of drunken louts have been sent to jail for train hooliganism and fighting police on the platform of a Railway Station.’
    • ‘He's a tearaway, a lout, a hooligan, and he's got a previous conviction for affray.’
    ruffian, hooligan, thug, boor, oaf, hoodlum, rowdy, bully boy
    yob, yobbo, tough, roughneck, bruiser, gorilla, yahoo
    chav, hoodie
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Mid 16th century: perhaps from archaic lout ‘to bow down’, of Germanic origin.