Definition of moue in English:



  • A pouting expression used to convey annoyance or distaste.

    • ‘She made a little moue and rubbed her crotch area.’
    • ‘A Mrs. Konishi, whose own daughter had just gotten engaged (a love match), made a pretty moue of concern.’
    • ‘I recall the teasing provocation of Joanne Pearce in Adrian Noble's 1989 production, or the mischievous moues of Victoria Hamilton in the last revival as she urged Solness to get out his pencil.’
    • ‘Dr. Beeks crouched in the center of the chamber, reaching out to touch something only she could see, then made a moue when her hand failed to connect.’
    • ‘Goring gives Milland something of a moue, and says: ‘Yes?’’
    • ‘‘We're simply inundated with it,’ he said, with a prim moue of distaste comically identical to Dr. Ogawa's.’
    • ‘Another aspect of Caravaggio's past persists in ‘The Young St John’ in the Borghese Gallery: a petulant urchin, speckled with sun-rash, and with an effeminate moue on his face as a ram curves and stretches against his pliant body.’
    • ‘She made a moue that must have been quite fetching thirty or forty years ago.’
    • ‘Norma Clarke notes Boswell's automatic semi-salaciousness with, it very much seems, a moue of disappointment, and it is hard not to see why.’
    • ‘With a moue of disdain, she threw her only line of contact with Ruston Grady into the nearest waste bin.’
    • ‘Elaine met Sam's eyes, made a plaintive moue, and let herself be swept into the building, since there seemed to be no alternative.’
    • ‘The word seemed to twist his face into a moue of distaste. ‘My job is to make fabulous people feel fabulous.’’
    • ‘‘Well,’ said Lady Jedburgh, making a little moue as she rose from the sofa, ‘if I am not to be allowed to go on the stage, I must be allowed to be part of the audience at any rate.’’
    • ‘She does as she's told but with a little moue to indicate that she's not altogether happy with the arrangement.’
    grimace, scowl, wry face, wince, frown, glower, smirk, pout
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Mid 19th century: French, earlier having the sense ‘lip’.