flout


verb (used with object)

  1. to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety.

verb (used without object)

  1. to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe (often followed by at).

noun

  1. a disdainful, scornful, or contemptuous remark or act; insult; gibe.

verb

  1. (when intr, usually foll by at) to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)
v.

1550s, perhaps a special use of Middle English flowten “to play the flute” (cf. Middle Dutch fluyten “to play the flute,” also “to jeer”). Related: Flouted; flouting.

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