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

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Related Words for pouted

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

Examples from the Web for pouted

Contemporary Examples of pouted

  • Democrats split over moves to weaken Wall Street reforms, and Republicans pouted over lost leverage.

  • “Some bit their lips, some pouted, others cried,” hiding such emotions beneath their round, broad-brimmed hats.

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    Piers Brendon

    October 10, 2008

Historical Examples of pouted

British Dictionary definitions for pouted




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 pouted



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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