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Definition of moue

: a little grimace : pout made a moue of disappointment

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Synonyms for moue


face, frown, grimace, lower (also lour), mouth, mow, mug, pout, scowl, snoot

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Moue is one of two similar-sounding words in English that refer to a pout or grimace; the other is "mow," which is pronounced to rhyme either with "no" or "now." "Mow" and "mou" share the same origin (the Anglo-French mouwe) and a distant relationship to a Middle Dutch word for a protruding lip. (They do not, however, share a relationship to the word mouth, which derives from Old English "mŪth.") While use of "moue" in English only traces back a little more than 150 years, "mow" dates all the way back to the 14th century. "Moue" has also seen occasional use as a verb, as when Nicholson Baker, in the August 15, 1988 New Yorker, described how a woman applying lip gloss would "slide the lip from side to side under it and press her mouth together and then moue it outward…"

Examples of moue in a Sentence

a moue of distaste at the display of bad manners

First Known Use of moue

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moue

French, from Middle French — more at mow

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