1 [pout]
verb (used without object)
to thrust out the lips, especially in displeasure or sullenness.
to look or be sullen.
to swell out or protrude, as lips.
verb (used with object)
to protrude (the lips).
to utter with a pout.
the act of pouting; a protrusion of the lips.
a fit of sullenness: to be in a pout.

1275–1325; Middle English pouten; cognate with Swedish (dial.) puta to be inflated

poutful, adjective
poutingly, adverb
unpouting, adjective
unpoutingly, adverb

1, 2. brood, mope, glower, scowl, sulk.
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2 [pout]
noun, plural (especially collectively) pout (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pouts.
a northern, marine food fish, Trisopterus luscus.

before 1000; Old English -pūta, in ǣlepūta eelpout (not recorded in ME); cognate with Dutch puit frog

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pout1 (paʊt)
1.  to thrust out (the lips), as when sullen, or (of the lips) to be thrust out
2.  (intr) to swell out; protrude
3.  (tr) to utter with a pout
4.  (sometimes the pouts) a fit of sullenness
5.  the act or state of pouting
[C14: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish dialect puta inflated, Danish pudepillow]

pout2 (paʊt)
n , pl pout, pouts
1.  horned pout short for eelpout
2.  any of various gadoid food fishes, esp the bib (also called whiting pout)
3.  any of certain other stout-bodied fishes
[Old English -pūte as in ǣlepūte eelpout; related to Dutch puit frog]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Swed. dial. puta "to be puffed out"), or Frisian (cf. E.Fris. püt "bag, swelling," Low Ger. puddig "swollen"), related via notion of "inflation" to O.E. ælepute "fish with inflated parts," and M.Du. puyt, Flem. puut "frog."
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common fish of the cod family, Gadidae, found in the sea along European coastlines. The bib is a rather deep-bodied fish with a chin barbel, three close-set dorsal fins, and two close-set anal fins. It usually grows no longer than about 30 cm (12 inches) and is copper red with darker bars. Though abundant, it is not sought as food.

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Example sentences
Too often does he pout or grow indignant or pull a double-take.
She plays the role wearing a permanent pout that looks resolutely spoiled.
Ryan's performance is distilled in her trademark gesture of fingering her lower lip and going into an alluring pout.
In previous stops, he has been accused of selfishness, but he does not pout now.
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