1 informal a heavy blow with the hand or a hard object:a clout round the ear 2 [mass noun] informal influence or power, especially in politics or business:I knew she carried a lot of clout
3 archaic a piece of cloth or article of clothing.
4 Archery a target twelve times the usual size, placed flat on the ground with a flag marking its centre and used in long-distance shooting. a long-distance shot that hits a clout. 1 informal hit (someone or something) hard:I clouted him round the head
2 archaic mend with a patch: he helps the women clout their pans