Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To exhibit displeasure or disappointment; sulk.
  • intransitive v. To protrude the lips in an expression of displeasure or sulkiness.
  • intransitive v. To project or protrude.
  • transitive v. To push out or protrude (the lips).
  • transitive v. To utter or express with a pout.
  • n. A protrusion of the lips, especially as an expression of sullen discontent.
  • n. A fit of petulant sulkiness. Often used in the plural with the.
  • n. Any of various freshwater or marine fishes, especially an eelpout or hornpout.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One's facial expression when pouting.
  • n. A fit of sulking or sullenness.
  • v. To push out one's lips.
  • v. To be or pretend to be ill-tempered; to sulk.
  • v. To say while pouting.
  • n. Shortened name of various fishes such as the hornpout (Ameiurus nebulosus, the brown bullhead), the pouting (Trisopterus luscus) and the eelpouts (Zoarcidae).
  • n. Alternative form of poult.
  • v. To shoot poults.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The young of some birds, as grouse; a young fowl.
  • n. A sullen protrusion of the lips; a fit of sullenness.
  • n. The European whiting pout or bib.
  • intransitive v. To shoot pouts.
  • intransitive v. To thrust out the lips, as in sullenness or displeasure; hence, to look sullen.
  • intransitive v. To protrude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fish or spear for pouts.
  • To thrust out the lips, as in displeasure or sullenness; hence, to look sullen.
  • To swell out; be plump and prominent: as, pouting lips; pouting clusters of grapes.
  • To puff out or swell up the breast, as a pigeon. See pouter, 2.
  • To thrust out; protrude.
  • To go gunning for young grouse or partridges.
  • n. One of several fishes which have swollen or inflated parts.
  • n. An eel-pout.
  • n. The bib or blens, Gadus luscus; the whiting-cod: more fully called whiting-pout.
  • n. In the United States, a kind of catfish, Amiurus catus, and others of this genus; a horn-pout.
  • n. A protrusion of the lips as in pouting; hence, a fit of sullenness or displeasure: as, she has the pouts.
  • n. A pouter pigeon. See pouter, 2.
  • n. A young fowl or bird: same as poult.
  • n. Figuratively, a young girl; a sweetheart.
  • n. In coal-mining, a tool used for knocking out timbers in the workings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip
  • n. a disdainful grimace
  • n. catfish common in eastern United States
  • n. marine eellike mostly bottom-dwelling fishes of northern seas
  • v. be in a huff and display one's displeasure

Etymologies

Middle English pouten, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
Middle English *poute, from Old English -pūte (as in ǣlepūte, eelpout).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English pouten, probably from Scandinavian (compare Norwegian pute ("pillow, cushion"), Swedish dial. puta ("to be puffed out"), Danish pude ("pillow, cushion")), from Proto-Germanic *pūto (“swollen”) (compare English eelpout, Dutch puit, Low German puddig ("inflated")), from Proto-Indo-European *bu- (“to swell”) (compare Sanskrit bubble (budbuda)). (Wiktionary)
From Old English pūte as in aelepūte, from Indo-European root beu having a meaning associated with the notion "to swell". (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Update, 5/26: "That Jolie can act as well as pout is finally proved by this French-accented turn, moving and modulated, as the woman whose husband became roadkill on the roadmap to a never-never Middle East peace process," writes Nigel Andrews in the Financial Times.

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  • If you're a tabloid fixture whose worth depends largely on how many photos are taken of you in a given day, it's a time to pose and pout, which is exactly what Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton did at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night.

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  • Of course, any waitress who had that kind of pout and those kind of shoes would find herself out on the street, pronto.

    I like this, but ... - A Dress A Day

  • She alternates dizzily between childish giddiness and a sort of stoic, pursed-lips silence her interpretation of the model "pout" she sees on TV.

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  • Pouting kids or grown women who "pout" not because of any emotion but out of the delusion that they are making their lips more attractive.

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  • Evelyn was a good deal out of sorts, said Hugh, intimating by a kind of pout or swell of his very well-covered, manly, extremely handsome, perfectly upholstered body

    Mrs. Dalloway

  • She had a distinct cupid's-bow mouth which made her especially attractive, for it gave her the kind of pout that made men look twice.

    Centennial

  • The mouth, which, when she smiled, looked like a sword wound on the flank of a horse, now, when the "pout" is complete, looks like a crumpled concertina.

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  • When I got to the front again the "pout" was still growing, the rich red lips in their midnight setting looking like some giant rose in full bloom that an elephant's hoof had trodden upon.

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