knout definition

  • noun:
    • A leather scourge employed for flogging.
    • A leather scourge (multi-tail whip), into the serious variation known as 'great knout' with metal weights on each tongue, notoriously utilized in imperial Russia.
    • A kind of whip for flogging crooks, formerly much used in Russia. The lash is a tapering bundle of fabric thongs twisted with line and hardened, such that it mangles the skin.
    • A whip or scourge previously used in Russia the punishment of this worst crooks.
    • a whip with a lash of leather-based thongs twisted with cable; useful for flogging prisoners
  • verb-transitive:
    • To flog with a knout.
    • To discipline using the knout.
  • verb:
    • To flog or overcome with a knout.
  • others:
    • To discipline with all the knout or whip.

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