from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To show contempt for; scorn: flout a law; behavior that flouted convention. See Usage Note at flaunt.
  • intransitive v. To be scornful.
  • n. A contemptuous action or remark; an insult.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To express contempt for the rules by word or action.
  • v. To scorn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mock; an insult.
  • intransitive v. To practice mocking; to behave with contempt; to sneer; to fleer; -- often with at.
  • transitive v. To mock or insult; to treat with contempt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play on the flute.
  • To mock; jeer; scoff; behave with disdain or contumely: with at before an object.
  • To mock or scoff at; treat with disdain or contempt.
  • Synonyms See taunt.
  • n. A flute.
  • n. A boys' whistle.
  • n. A truss or bundle.
  • n. A mock; a scoff; a gibe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. treat with contemptuous disregard
  • v. laugh at with contempt and derision


Perhaps from Middle English flouten, to play the flute, from Old French flauter, from flaute, flute; see flute.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Middle English flouten, to play the flute; compare with Dutch fluiten. (Wiktionary)



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  • I will prove to you that my love has grown, that it is greater to me than my class and all that is dearest to me. All that is dearest to the bourgeoisie I will flout. I am no longer afraid of life.

    Jack London, Martin Eden

    January 2, 2012

  • "Who put your beauty to this flout and scorn
    By dressing it in rags."
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    November 20, 2007