Main definitions of pout in English

: pout1pout2

pout1

verb

[no object]
  • Push one's lips or one's bottom lip forward as an expression of petulant annoyance or in order to make oneself look sexually attractive.

    ‘she lounged on the steps, pouting’
    with object ‘he shrugged and pouted his lips’
    • ‘The younger girl pouted into the mirror, testing the effect of the makeup.’
    • ‘"Not until you come and say you're sorry " he pouted playfully.’
    • ‘He stepped out of the shadows and pushed back the hood, pouting a bit.’
    • ‘It's a sad day when a politician loses his mind and pouts and cries like a spoiled little eight year old brat because he didn't get it the way he wanted.’
    • ‘I introduce myself to the lady now seated on the other side of my computer, who plonks herself down on the table next to me and pouts.’
    • ‘He pouted playfully and walked out the back door towards the back lawn of the manor.’
    • ‘Girls pouted their lips and smiled into their mirrors as guys continued to push each other playfully.’
    • ‘She crossed her arms and stuck her tongue out at him, pouting again.’
    • ‘Joe, not quite understanding the message, pouts.’
    • ‘She stuck her tongue at me and pouted sulkily.’
    • ‘It's like the inner child in me goes and pouts in the corner and won't listen to reason.’
    • ‘The teenage girl pouted her lips like a little child.’
    • ‘When he was in the fountain he started crying and pouting like a little baby.’
    • ‘I wanted to sulk and pout like a little kid.’
    • ‘"I miss you, " he mouthed and he jokingly pouted at me.’
    • ‘As the topic changed to our Latin papers, I started pouting again.’
    • ‘So he sits in Parliament and pouts, says nothing of substance, and does nothing for those who voted for him.’
    • ‘Noel pouts and the serious atmosphere is broken by her childish expression.’
    • ‘He pouted slightly, making him even look more childish and even more adorable.’
    • ‘I crossed my arms across my chest and pouted like a little kid.’
    look petulant, pull a face, look sulky, purse one's lips, make a moue, turn the corners of one's mouth down
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noun

  • A pouting expression.

    ‘his lower lip protruded in a sulky pout’
    • ‘They sport sulky plump pouts, heavy make-up, plucked eyebrows and slinky hips.’
    • ‘He whines pitifully, a pout forming his expression.’
    • ‘But lady, a messy ponytail and a squinty pout do not equal good acting.’
    • ‘She was wearing an indignant expression, hands on her hips, and a slight pout on her full lips.’
    • ‘I was still a bad kid with an attitude and a pout that Mom always threatened to make into a bookshelf.’
    • ‘It's pretty hard to keep up a good pout when you're mooning over a feline.’
    • ‘They should state clearly and concisely, without a sneery pout, that it's just another contractual obligation, among many, that must be fulfilled.’
    • ‘It was accompanied by a photograph of him walking across the pitch with a serious expression and a pout that made him look like Donald Duck.’
    • ‘The sentence lasted a period of a few hours when pouts gave way to giggles; of course the stuffed animal may have played a part as well in her softening demeanor.’
    • ‘She was trying for a sultry pout, and achieving an expression of sullen vexation instead.’
    • ‘Once she let him go, her expression faded into a pout.’
    • ‘Also, the coolness factor is high, so few patrons are willing to break their surface pouts.’
    • ‘‘Oh, come now,’ she replied, putting on an expression that was something like a mock pout.’
    • ‘He, and some other classmates, were imitating the way our form teacher pouts.’
    • ‘Then he purses his lips in a little pout but says nothing, gets a veiled look in his eye, and who knows what he's thinking anymore.’
    • ‘Michael could feel the mental pout from his counterpart.’
    • ‘Her pout turned into a grimace, when the peroxide started to bubble.’
    • ‘The postbags under his eyes have lost a few bulging packages, and his naturally sulky pout seems, if not upturned into an actual smile, at least faintly curved.’
    • ‘‘Yes, I do,’ she retorted, unaware of how cute (at least to Adam) she looked with that sulky pout.’
    • ‘I read it again, but instead of seeing a heavily made up moll with a dark bob and beaded dress with a pout, I envisioned a sleazy, straight, middle-aged white man.’
    petulant expression, sulky expression, moue, face, scowl, glower
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Origin

Middle English (as a verb): perhaps from the base of Swedish dialect puta ‘be inflated’. Compare with pout.

Pronunciation

pout

/paʊt/

Main definitions of pout in English

: pout1pout2

pout2

noun

  • 1

    another term for bib (sense 2 of the noun)
  • 2North American

    another term for eelpout
    • ‘The problem with using baited feathers is that invariably the fish will spin as you reel them in, especially if you pick up an occasional pouting as well.’
    • ‘There is nothing worse than a pouting that's been asleep all day in a plastic bag, or a mackerel that's been slipped down someone's gumboot.’
    • ‘In fishing terms this means that if you catch a small pouting or bootlace eel, follow the following guide and the hooklength can be saved!’
    • ‘It also attracts additional dogfish, flounders, rockling, pout and school bass and makes for a busy session.’
    • ‘A small inshore member of the cod family, the pouting is one of the most common fish around the British coast and can make up a large percentage of angler catches.’

Origin

Old English pūta (only in ǣlepūta ‘eelpout’); related to Dutch puit ‘frog, chub’, puitaal ‘eelpout’, and perhaps to pout.

Pronunciation

pout

/paʊt/