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pout

verb \ ˈpau̇t \

Definition of pout

pouted; pouting; pouts
1 a : 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
: to cause to protrude
  • pouted her lips

Examples of pout in a Sentence

  1. She pouted her lips and stared at him angrily.

  2. The boy didn't want to leave—he stomped his feet and pouted.

  3. The model pouted for the cameras.

  4. Her lips pouted, and she began to cry.

Origin and Etymology of pout

Middle English


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pout

noun

Definition of pout

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

First Known Use of pout

1591

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pout

noun

Definition of pout

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

Origin and Etymology of pout

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 Defined for English Language Learners

pout

Definition of pout for English Language Learners

  • : to push out your lips to show that you are angry or annoyed or to look sexually attractive

  • : to refuse to talk to people because you are angry or annoyed about something


POUT Defined for Kids

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pout

verb \ ˈpau̇t \

Definition of pout for Students

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

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pout

noun

Definition of pout for Students

: 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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