an intentional heavy blow.
sb. clout, ragVariants: clowt, clutes, pl., cloutes, clowtesEtymology: Anglo-Saxon clút ( .).
A blow. I'll give you a clout on your jolly nob; I'll give you a blow on your head. It also means a handkerchief. Any pocket handkerchief except a silk one.
or rag , a cotton pocket-handkerchief.—Old Cant. Now “clouts ” means a woman's under-clothes, from the waist downwards, i.e., petticoats when they are on the person; but the term is extended to mean the whole unworn wardrobe. Probably St. Giles's satire, having reference to the fact that few women there possess a second gown.