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noun, plural moues [moo] /mu/.
  1. a pouting grimace.
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Origin of moue

< French; Old French moe; see mow3
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Related Words for moue

physiognomy, frown, pout, smirk, kisser, mug, mouth, grimace, smile

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Historical Examples of moue

  • But there is more behind to moue you further to affect this Excellent Grace.

    The Praise of a Godly Woman

    Hannibal Gamon

  • So are many that rake dunghills.If you haue any suit, moue it in Court.

    The Fatal Dowry

    Philip Massinger

  • She made a moue that I ought to have found fascinating, nodding emphatically.

    The Jervaise Comedy

    J. D. Beresford

  • Valérie made a moue mutine, expressive of entire repudiation of such employment.

  • "Yet you can leave me to-day," pouted Favette, with a sigh and a moue mutine, and gathering tears in her large gazelle eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for moue


  1. a disdainful or pouting look
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Word Origin and History for moue


"pout," 1850, from French moue "mouth, lip, pout," from Old French moe, perhaps from Middle Dutch mouwe, with the same senses, but this could as easily be from French. As a verb from 1909.

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