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verb (used with object)
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Origin of pout1
OTHER WORDS FROM poutpoutful, adjectivepout·ing·ly, adverbun·pout·ing, adjectiveun·pout·ing·ly, adverb
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Definition for pout (2 of 2)
noun, plural (especially collectively) pout, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pouts.
Origin of pout2
What does pout mean?
To pout is to act in a gloomy and irritated way; to mope or sulk.
Children sometimes pout when they don’t get their way, often by sitting with their arms crossed and a specific look on their face: a kind of frown with the lips pushed out (sometimes just the bottom lip). This expression is also called a pout. The term is typically used in the context of young children, but it can be applied to adults in some situations.
Example: My toddler pouts when he doesn’t get his way, but I guess it’s better than throwing a tantrum.
Where does pout come from?
The first records of pout come from around 1300. It comes from the Middle English pouten, which is related to the Swedish puta, meaning “to be inflated.”
This is probably due to the fact that when you pout, you push your lips out and your mouth looks like it’s a little inflated. Children do this when they’re disappointed or upset. We commonly use the term for the expression for the behavior that goes along with it—refusing to talk, acting sullen, and maybe moaning or grunting. When we accuse an adult of pouting, we’re criticizing them for behaving in an immature and childish way (especially after not getting their way).
The pouty expression isn’t always used to express sullenness. Fashion models are known for using a pout when they’re being photographed since it’s supposedly an attractive look. An exaggerated version of this expression is called duckface, in which the lips are pushed out extra far in a way that’s compared to a duck’s bill.
Unrelatedly, pout is also a name for several different kinds of fish. When you make a fish face, it kind of looks like a pout, but that’s just a coincidence.
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How is pout used in real life?
The word pout referring to sulking behavior is often used in relation to children or adults acting like children. The expression is used in the same context but is also applied to people sticking out their lips to look cute.
When someone tries to apologize to you for something but you’ve already fully committed to pouting about it pic.twitter.com/q7aq95VlZE
— Peyton Clark (@peytonpclark) August 9, 2018
Curvy is pouting in her bed because I won't give her dinner 5 hours early….
— A Social Distance Too Far 🐓🌉👩🏻🏫✡️ (@CyborgBooBoo23) March 25, 2020
Johnathan has been at my house for three days and he just went home 20 minutes ago and I’m pouting about it. I miss him
— stv🕊🌹🤍 (@ohhoneysenpai) March 22, 2020
Try using pout!
Is pout used correctly in the following sentence?
You pouted for a full hour after you heard that the concert was sold out.
Example sentences 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|Nick McDonell|August 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As the Independent asked, “Can you really stand to see that pout and those shades one more time?”
And then the youthful Russ blinked his eyes, gave another shriek, and attempted to pout.Half-Hours with Jimmieboy|John Kendrick Bangs
As she went up-stairs, Edith said, with a pout: "I wish I were going to bed too."Master of the Vineyard|Myrtle Reed
"It is just good enough for her to go, and leave her to come after by herself," said Belle, with a pout.Lily Norris' Enemy|Joanna Mathews
"He isn't a cat, so 'tisn't the same," Patricia said with a pout.Dorothy Dainty at Glenmore|Amy Brooks
Judy pretended to pout, and muttered something about comparing her to a cannibal.Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood|George MacDonald