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verb (used without object)
  1. to thrust out the lips, especially in displeasure or sullenness.
  2. to look or be sullen.
  3. to swell out or protrude, as lips.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to protrude (the lips).
  2. to utter with a pout.
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  1. the act of pouting; a protrusion of the lips.
  2. a fit of sullenness: to be in a pout.
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Origin of pout1

1275–1325; Middle English pouten; cognate with Swedish (dial.) puta to be inflated
Related formspout·ful, adjectivepout·ing·ly, adverbun·pout·ing, adjectiveun·pout·ing·ly, adverb


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noun, plural (especially collectively) pout, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pouts.
  1. horned pout.
  2. ocean pout.
  3. a northern, marine food fish, Trisopterus luscus.
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Origin of pout2

before 1000; Old English -pūta, in ǣlepūta eelpout (not recorded in ME); cognate with Dutch puit frog
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Historical Examples

  • But he did not heed it, and the pout vanished, and tears rushed to her eyes.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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?

    Anthony Trollope

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for pout


  1. to thrust out (the lips), as when sullen, or (of the lips) to be thrust out
  2. (intr) to swell out; protrude
  3. (tr) to utter with a pout
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  1. (sometimes the pouts) a fit of sullenness
  2. the act or state of pouting
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Derived Formspoutingly, adverbpouty, adjective

Word Origin

C14: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish dialect puta inflated, Danish pude pillow


noun plural pout or pouts
  1. short for horned pout, eelpout
  2. any of various gadoid food fishes, esp the bib (also called whiting pout)
  3. any of certain other stout-bodied fishes
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Word Origin

Old English -pūte as in ǣlepūte eelpout; related to Dutch puit frog
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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.

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