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pouted; pouting; pouts

intransitive verb

: to show displeasure by thrusting out the lips or wearing a sullen expression
a pouting child
Sure, you have sports figures misbehaving today. John McEnroe pouts and snarls and curses at tennis judges twice his age, on television …Roy Blount Jr.
: to push out or purse the lips in a sexually suggestive way
a pouting model
… appears in adverts surrounded by gorgeous, pouting blondes.The Economist
: to be moodily silent : sulk
If they invited her out, she declined the invitation. When they went out, she would be pouting when they came home.Susan Sheehan

transitive verb

: to cause to protrude
pouted her lips


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noun (1)

: a protrusion of the lips expressive of displeasure
pouts plural : a fit of pique


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noun (2)

plural pout or pouts
: any of several large-headed fishes (such as a bullhead or eelpout)

Examples of pout in a Sentence

Verb She pouted her lips and stared at him angrily. The boy didn't want to leave—he stomped his feet and pouted. The model pouted for the cameras. Her lips pouted, and she began to cry. Noun (1) that storekeeper's face seems to be in a permanent pout she stayed in the pouts all day
Recent Examples on the Web
Among the uploads, Kylie posed for multiple full-length snaps, as well as pouting for a selfie and having a further shot taken seemingly in the back of a car. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 24 June 2024 No one does indignant pouting quite like Adam Scott. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 22 May 2024
Best For: This mask is for anyone looking to achieve a softer, smoother, hydrated pout. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 8 July 2024 In the photo, the Spice Girls alum, 50, showcases her signature pout as the former footballer, 49, looks on at her with a wide smile. Jay Stahl, USA TODAY, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for pout 

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Word History



Middle English

Noun (2)

probably from Middle English *poute, a fish with a large head, from Old English -pūte; akin to Middle English pouten to pout

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pout was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pout. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to show displeasure by pushing out the lips


2 of 2 noun
: an act of pouting
plural : a state of bad humor

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