\ ˈpau̇t How to pronounce pout (audio) \
pouted; pouting; pouts

Definition of pout

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : 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.
b : 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
c : 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
2 : protrude

transitive verb

: to cause to protrude pouted her lips


noun (1)

Definition of pout (Entry 2 of 3)

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


noun (2)
plural pout or pouts

Definition of pout (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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.

First Known Use of pout


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

History and Etymology for pout


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

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“Pout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pout. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ ˈpau̇t How to pronounce pout (audio) \
pouted; pouting

Kids Definition of pout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to show displeasure by pushing out the lips
2 : sulk entry 1 He pouts when he doesn't get his way.



Kids Definition of pout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a facial expression that shows displeasure and is made by pushing out the lips … Kirsti was plodding along, her face in a pout because the girls hadn't waited for her.— Lois Lowry, Number the Stars

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