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


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

Middle English pouten, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
Middle English *poute, from Old English -pūte (as in ǣlepūte, eelpout).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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)).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English pūte as in aelepūte, from Indo-European root beu having a meaning associated with the notion "to swell".


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