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’
    • ‘Joe, not quite understanding the message, pouts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So he sits in Parliament and pouts, says nothing of substance, and does nothing for those who voted for him.’
    • ‘It's like the inner child in me goes and pouts in the corner and won't listen to reason.’
    • ‘Noel pouts and the serious atmosphere is broken by her childish expression.’
    • ‘The teenage girl pouted her lips like a little child.’
    • ‘He pouted slightly, making him even look more childish and even more adorable.’
    • ‘"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.’
    • ‘The younger girl pouted into the mirror, testing the effect of the makeup.’
    • ‘She crossed her arms and stuck her tongue out at him, pouting again.’
    • ‘As the topic changed to our Latin papers, I started pouting again.’
    • ‘He stepped out of the shadows and pushed back the hood, pouting a bit.’
    • ‘"I miss you, " he mouthed and he jokingly pouted at me.’
    • ‘She stuck her tongue at me and pouted sulkily.’
    • ‘I crossed my arms across my chest and pouted like a little kid.’
    • ‘I wanted to sulk and pout like a little kid.’
    • ‘When he was in the fountain he started crying and pouting like a little baby.’
    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’
    • ‘He whines pitifully, a pout forming his expression.’
    • ‘Once she let him go, her expression faded into a pout.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They sport sulky plump pouts, heavy make-up, plucked eyebrows and slinky hips.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Michael could feel the mental pout from his counterpart.’
    • ‘Her pout turned into a grimace, when the peroxide started to bubble.’
    • ‘‘Oh, come now,’ she replied, putting on an expression that was something like a mock pout.’
    • ‘She was trying for a sultry pout, and achieving an expression of sullen vexation instead.’
    • ‘‘Yes, I do,’ she retorted, unaware of how cute (at least to Adam) she looked with that sulky pout.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, the coolness factor is high, so few patrons are willing to break their surface pouts.’
    • ‘He, and some other classmates, were imitating the way our form teacher pouts.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But lady, a messy ponytail and a squinty pout do not equal good acting.’
    • ‘I was still a bad kid with an attitude and a pout that Mom always threatened to make into a bookshelf.’
    • ‘She was wearing an indignant expression, hands on her hips, and a slight pout on her full lips.’
    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

another term for bib (sense 2 of the noun)
another term for eelpout
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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!’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

pout

/paʊt/