Main definitions of pout in US English:

: pout1pout2

pout1

verb

[no object]
  • 1Push 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’
    • ‘It's like the inner child in me goes and pouts in the corner and won't listen to reason.’
    • ‘She stuck her tongue at me and pouted sulkily.’
    • ‘Girls pouted their lips and smiled into their mirrors as guys continued to push each other playfully.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Joe, not quite understanding the message, pouts.’
    • ‘He stepped out of the shadows and pushed back the hood, pouting a bit.’
    • ‘"Not until you come and say you're sorry " he pouted playfully.’
    • ‘He pouted playfully and walked out the back door towards the back lawn of the manor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"I miss you, " he mouthed and he jokingly pouted at me.’
    • ‘When he was in the fountain he started crying and pouting like a little baby.’
    • ‘She crossed her arms and stuck her tongue out at him, pouting again.’
    • ‘I wanted to sulk and pout like a little kid.’
    • ‘The younger girl pouted into the mirror, testing the effect of the makeup.’
    • ‘I crossed my arms across my chest and pouted like a little kid.’
    • ‘He pouted slightly, making him even look more childish and even more adorable.’
    • ‘The teenage girl pouted her lips like a little child.’
    • ‘As the topic changed to our Latin papers, I started pouting again.’
    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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    1. 1.1 (of a person's lips) be pushed forward.
      ‘her lips pouted provocatively’
      • ‘His brown eyes seemed to double in size, and his lips pouted out.’
      • ‘His lower lip will pout and tremble before the tears of disbelief start.’
      • ‘His lips pouted with red lipstick and his skin was chocolate-coloured.’
      • ‘Ruby natural lips pouted in their fantastic manner of suggesting both succulence and moistness.’
      • ‘He was lying on his back, his eyes closed, his lips pouting, his right arm stretching upwards with his tiny fist curling beside his shell-like ear.’
      • ‘Her mouth was pouting and seemed to be mouthing ‘please’.’
      • ‘His hair was black and thick, curling about his ears and collar and his mouth was full and pouting in a strangely endearing way.’
      • ‘I waited for him to say he was kidding, but he only stood there with that sad puppy look playing about his eyes and his mouth pouting.’
      • ‘Glancing to the small sister, I saw a look of fright upon her face, her blue eyes wide, and her pink lips pouting.’
      • ‘Just as I was beginning to cave in, she stopped and gave me the puppy-dog eyes, her bottom lip pouting ever so slightly.’
      • ‘Now her face was burning out of displeasure and her bottom lip pouted.’
      • ‘Her eyes shimmered and her lips pouted out in that familiar way.’
      • ‘He watched her lips pout, imagining how it could have felt against his when he tried to kiss her.’
      • ‘But the rest of the time, he was looking down, lips pouting, really concentrating.’
      • ‘Her lower lip pouted a little at those two words, and I unconsciously smiled again.’
      • ‘His full lips pouted in the cutest way but I looked back at Gavin with a glare in order to avoid any developing feelings.’
      • ‘She put her hands on her hips, her lips were pouting and her mascara running down her face from her earlier crying and her long brunette hair thrusting itself in her face.’
      • ‘She turned her head away from him, lips pouting, sulking silently.’
      • ‘Her plump lips sat straight and pouted, as she brushed a comma of fuchsia hair with a slim hand out of her iridescent eyes.’
      • ‘His small lips pouted out of baby fat cheeks, restoring two tiny dimples within them.’

noun

  • A pouting expression.

    ‘his lower lip protruded in a 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He whines pitifully, a pout forming his expression.’
    • ‘Also, the coolness factor is high, so few patrons are willing to break their surface pouts.’
    • ‘Once she let him go, her expression faded into a pout.’
    • ‘Michael could feel the mental pout from his counterpart.’
    • ‘I was still a bad kid with an attitude and a pout that Mom always threatened to make into a bookshelf.’
    • ‘They should state clearly and concisely, without a sneery pout, that it's just another contractual obligation, among many, that must be fulfilled.’
    • ‘It's pretty hard to keep up a good pout when you're mooning over a feline.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Oh, come now,’ she replied, putting on an expression that was something like a mock pout.’
    • ‘They sport sulky plump pouts, heavy make-up, plucked eyebrows and slinky hips.’
    • ‘She was trying for a sultry pout, and achieving an expression of sullen vexation instead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was wearing an indignant expression, hands on her hips, and a slight pout on her full lips.’
    • ‘But lady, a messy ponytail and a squinty pout do not equal good acting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Yes, I do,’ she retorted, unaware of how cute (at least to Adam) she looked with that sulky pout.’
    • ‘Her pout turned into a grimace, when the peroxide started to bubble.’
    • ‘He, and some other classmates, were imitating the way our form teacher pouts.’
    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//pout/

Main definitions of pout in US English:

: pout1pout2

pout2

noun

North American
  • another term for eelpout
    • ‘It also attracts additional dogfish, flounders, rockling, pout and school bass and makes for a busy session.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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//pout/