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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.
Recent Examples on the Web
In the first photo, a blonde Kardashian pouted to the camera as a smiling Tatum sat on her lap. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 4 Sep. 2023 In the first snap, Kardashian could be seen pouting at the camera, while Jenner, 67, beamed behind her daughter. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 In the cute photo, Kardashian is seen pouting for the camera, while Dream flashes a big smile. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 Follow-up videos then showed the mom-of-four posing with her hair tousled to one side and pouting her lips with a hand held up to her face. Jill Lupupa, Peoplemag, 28 July 2023 The preteen pouted her lips for the camera as her party group did the same behind her. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 24 June 2023 Division 4 State Weston 5, Lynnfield 0 — After falling in Weston’s lineup from first singles as a freshman to first doubles as a sophomore, junior Max Ding had every reason to pout about his diminished role. Greg Levinsky, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2023 Mendes is also pouting in the second photo and shows off a stunning leopard-print silk dress. Kaitlyn Huamani, Peoplemag, 6 June 2023 Instead of pouting, encourage your kid to put an arm around a teammate who might have made a mistake in the game. Stephen Borelli, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2023
In the video, Bieber uses the $5 pencil to line her lips and fills in the lines with the Peptide Lip Treatment to create the ultimate strawberry pout. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 24 Aug. 2023 To finish the look off, Selena accentuated her eyes even further with a set of feathery false lashes, some taupe shadow, and her signature but subtle wing, adding some color to the lips with a high-shine coral pout. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 16 Aug. 2023 Sporting matching red pouts and pointing playfully at each other, the philanthropist, 41, and musician, 53, posed for a photo together while backstage at the show. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 From lip glosses to lip balms, there are a lot of products out there that promise to plump our pout, without the need for injections. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Aug. 2023 The lip gloss stays put on the pout, even after wearing it all day. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2023 Posing with her hand over a plump pout, the singer’s manicure was either your idea of heaven or your idea of hell. Hannah Coates, Allure, 5 Sep. 2023 Instead of covering up your natural colors with matte textures and nude hues, this trend is about letting your natural lips peer through a juicy layer of vibrant color, to create the perfect summer pout. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 2 Aug. 2023 Available in six flavors from the original Berry to Mango, the fan favorite pout perfector is a must-have lip mask for nighttime. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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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 25 Sep. 2023.

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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