- to thrust out the lips, especially in displeasure or sullenness.
- to look or be sullen.
- to swell out or protrude, as lips.
- to protrude (the lips).
- to utter with a pout.
- the act of pouting; a protrusion of the lips.
- a fit of sullenness: to be in a pout.
Origin of pout1
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Origin of pout2
Examples from the Web for pout
Every interaction with her was fraught lest she would throw a sulk or sink into a pout.Karl Taro Greenfeld on His Novel “Triburbia,” Con Men, and Literary Success
August 9, 2012
As the Independent asked, “Can you really stand to see that pout and those shades one more time?”A Book About Boredom Is Anything But
June 20, 2011
But he did not heed it, and the pout vanished, and tears rushed to her eyes.Night and Morning, Complete
But pout as she might, she could not prevail with James, whose vanity had been scratched.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
In answer to this Mary pouted, but her husband did not see the pout.Is He Popenjoy?
His forehead was all puckered, and his red mouth set in a pout.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
"I don't think I will dance," she said, pretending to pout a bit.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
- to thrust out (the lips), as when sullen, or (of the lips) to be thrust out
- (intr) to swell out; protrude
- (tr) to utter with a pout
- (sometimes the pouts) a fit of sullenness
- the act or state of pouting
Word Origin and History for pout
early 14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish dialectal puta "to be puffed out"), or Frisian (cf. East Frisian püt "bag, swelling," Low German puddig "swollen"); related via notion of "inflation" to Old English ælepute "fish with inflated parts," and Middle Dutch puyt, Flemish puut "frog," from hypothetical PIE imitative root *beu- suggesting "swelling" (see bull (n.2)). Related: Pouted; pouting. As a noun from 1590s.