[ pout ]
/ paʊt /

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.


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Origin of pout

1275–1325; Middle English pouten; cognate with Swedish (dial.) puta to be inflated


pout·ful, adjectivepout·ing·ly, adverbun·pout·ing, adjectiveun·pout·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for pout (2 of 2)

[ pout ]
/ paʊt /

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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British Dictionary definitions for pout (1 of 2)

/ (paʊt) /


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 forms of pout

poutingly, adverbpouty, adjective

Word Origin for pout

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

British Dictionary definitions for pout (2 of 2)

/ (paʊt) /

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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