• IPA: /flaʊt/
  • (Canada) IPA: /flʌʊt/

flout (flouts, present participle flouting; past and past participle flouted)

  1. (transitive) To express contempt for (laws, rules, etc.) by word or action.
    • 2012, The Economist, Sep 29th 2012 issue, Tax alchemy: Tech's avoidance ↗
      The manoeuvres of Microsoft and HP appear to comply with the letter of the regulations, even if they flout their spirit.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To scorn.
    • Phillida flouts me.
    • Three gaudy standards flout the pale blue sky.
  • German: sich hinwegsetzen über, missachten, pfeifen auf
  • Portuguese: desrespeitar
  • Russian: пренебрега́ть
  • Spanish: sobreponerse, saltarse a la torera (colloquial; of an action)
Translations Noun

flout (plural flouts)

  1. The act by which something is flouted; violation of a law.
    • 2012, John Flowerdew, Discourse in English Language Education (page 97)
      A flout is when someone deliberately and ostentatiously contravenes a maxim.
  2. A mockery or insult.

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