Origin of pout1
OTHER WORDS FROM poutpoutful, adjectivepout·ing·ly, adverbun·pout·ing, adjectiveun·pout·ing·ly, adverb
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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.
How to use pout in a sentence
For Taraji’s neutral lip look, Sheriff-Hendricks based the pout with the Smooth Silk Lip Liner in 7 to make Henson’s lips appear fuller.Taraji P. Henson’s AMA Makeup Look Had To Complement A Whopping 10 Outfit Changes|cmurray|November 23, 2020|Essence.com
Rocking a man-tank, sunglasses, and sultry pout, Billy Ray looks both embarrassingly excited to be included and super confused.You Can't Unsee Billy Ray Cyrus’s Pseudo Hip Hop ‘Achy Breaky 2’|Amy Zimmerman|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Boxy flannel and messy tears might as well have been a corset and a come-hither pout in The Perfect Storm.
Wearing a white tank top and moody pout, the Biebs addresses the rumors surrounding his speculative breakdown.Heidi Klum Heroically Saves Son From Drowning; Angelina Jolie Sells Jewelry to Fund Afghan School|The Fashion Beast Team|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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
“Well, no helicopters today,” she said with an exaggerated pout.
I hoped that he wouldnt be home to lunch; hes awful cross, said Sue, with a pout and a flush.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
You wife will pout if she can't go out: but she will go out, and take a carriage.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete|Honore de Balzac
They sulk and pout, worse than humans, if one act wins more applause than another.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
Lady Thurwell, who was a thorough little dame de société, rose with a pout and shrugged her shoulders.The New Tenant|E. Phillips Oppenheim
"Frulein came out and called Edith away," said the child, with a little pout.The Devourers|Annie Vivanti Chartres