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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lager lout
▪ Police said he acted like a lager lout and hit an officer.
▪ This involves a change of character for Mason, who has decided to become, in his words, a lager lout.
▪ What about lager louts and football hooligans?
▪ Douglas Hurd's active citizen and John Patten's lager louts are both given an airing.
▪ The girls are beautiful, the band is beautiful, lager louts miss out.
▪ A few foul-mouthed louts in the crowd were shouting racist abuse.
▪ Only a lout would treat a woman that way.
▪ We stood at the bar being jostled by some thick-necked lager louts.
▪ And I am not talking about the drunken louts who beat their wives to death in a cellar.
▪ In Ursula's humble opinion, the ice might start to thaw if you stop being a brutish, insensitive lout.
▪ Sons of louts grappled with the coffin in vain; they could neither cram it in nor twist it out.
▪ The resulting fictionalised account is a faithful portrait of a musical genius, drunken lout, spiritual healer, liar and clown.
▪ The young louts roam the neighbourhood.
▪ What a clumsy lout he was!
▪ What about lager louts and football hooligans?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lout \Lout\ (lout), v. i. [OE. louten, luten, AS. l[=u]tan; akin to Icel. l[=u]ta, Dan. lude, OHG. l[=u]z[=e]n to lie hid.] To bend; to box; to stoop. [Archaic]

He fair the knight saluted, louting low.


Lout \Lout\, n. [Formerly also written lowt.] A clownish, awkward fellow; a bumpkin.
--Sir P. Sidney.


Lout \Lout\, v. t. To treat as a lout or fool; to neglect; to disappoint. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin," perhaps from a dialectal survival of Middle English louten (v.) "bow down" (c.1300), from Old English lutan "bow low," from Proto-Germanic *lut- "to bow, bend, stoop" (cognates: Old Norse lutr "stooping," which might also be the source of the modern English word), from PIE *leud- "to lurk" (cognates: Gothic luton "to deceive," Old English lot "deceit), also "to be small" (see little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lithuanian liudeti "to mourn;" Old Church Slavonic luditi "to deceive," ludu "foolish." Sense of "cad" is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A troublemaker, often violent; a rude violent person; a yob. 2 A clownish, awkward fellow; a bumpkin. vb. (context obsolete transitive English) To treat as a lout or fool; to neglect; to disappoint. Etymology 2

vb. (context intransitive archaic English) To bend, bow, stoop.


n. an awkward stupid person [syn: clod, stumblebum, goon, oaf, lubber, lummox, lump, gawk]

Lout (software)

Lout is a batch document formatter invented by Jeffrey H. Kingston. It reads a high-level description of a document similar in style to LaTeX and produces a PostScript file which can be printed on most printers. Plain text and PDF output are also available. The term Lout primarily designates a document formatting programming language, while the (only) implementation of the language (by Jeffrey H. Kingston) is sometimes referred to as Basser Lout. Basser Lout is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Lout copies some of its formatting algorithms from TeX but is intended to be much easier to program due to the use of high-level functional programming language, instead of a macro language.

While a typical installation of LaTeX, together with TeX binaries takes from 50 to 300 MB, Lout is about 1 MB. This is mainly due to fewer packages and tools, but might also be attributed to a C implementation instead of macro language source code.

Lout comes with an easy-to-read user guide, and the basics can be learnt in a couple of hours. It includes packages for creating tables, charts, equations, and diagrams, everything in one package "out of the box". Lout is useful for creating reports and books and gives very precise control over typesetting.


Lout may refer to:

  • Lout (software), a batch document formatter
  • Lout Pond, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
  • Louts, a tributary of the river Adour in France

Usage examples of "lout".

I saw that the lout was astonished not to hear the lamentations he expected.

Ladyham and Mentle where Baff got killed by louts, and book for anywhere but France?

A boy with none of the glaring faults of a lout like Goofus, a boy with none of the bogus suburban qualities of Gallant.

An occasional wealthy passenger swayed and bobbed in a kago, a basketlike chair borne on the shoulders of brawny louts whose kimonos hung open to display magnificently tattooed chests and legs.

Genevieve Simpson, lived with her mother and her brother, a heavy young lout of nineteen years, in a two- family house at Melrose.

Eerst ben je zoo zot je engagement af te maken, louter uit een gril, zonder de minste aanleiding, zeg ik je!

Niet dat ik je vraag, ik spreek alleen maar uit louter belangstelling.

Was dat louter scherts, dien zij allen begrepen, of was dat iets valsch?

And no sign at all of the Crowd Queller, the Royal Guards or the Vonahrish Guard who should have driven off the criminal louts long before they ever set filthy foot upon royal property.

Sir Stian, the lout of Harelby, would be interested in dalliance with her.

And there, among the patrons, sat Franz Tulp, a burly blond lout with a scornful grin, his friends clustered round him.

Some of these rebels are men of education, but most seem to be louts of the lowest class with more wind than brains and better able to blame the king for their woes than apply themselves to wholesome work.

The masters like to say that Daryans and northerners are louts and liars, goat-footed and braying like asses.

Taig, who knew Renig dockside to farm gates, assured her this was the best place for their purpose: to be perceived as drunken louts who, when they departed sometime around Fifteenth, could barely walk.

The youthful years of Shakespeare were spent under circumstances which might have produced in him one dull and unaspiring British country lout, like, as one egg to another, to a hundred thousand others who lived in his age.