verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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 pout

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

Synonyms for pout



noun, plural (especially collectively) pout, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pouts.

a northern, marine food fish, Trisopterus luscus.

Origin of pout

before 1000; Old English -pūta, in ǣlepūta eelpout (not recorded in ME); cognate with Dutch puit frog
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Related Words for pout

mope, sulk, glower, frown, moue, grouch, grump

Examples from the Web for pout

Contemporary Examples of pout

Historical Examples of pout

  • 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




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
Derived Formspoutingly, adverbpouty, adjective

Word Origin for pout

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



noun plural pout or pouts

short for horned pout, eelpout
any of various gadoid food fishes, esp the bib (also called whiting pout)
any of certain other stout-bodied fishes

Word Origin for pout

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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