moue

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French moue, from Old French moe (grimace), from Frankish *mauwa (pout, protruding lip). Compare mow (grimace).

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Noun[edit]

moue (plural moues)

  1. A pout, especially as expressing mock-annoyance or flirtatiousness. [from 19th c.]
    • 1913, Jack London, chapter VI, in The Valley of the Moon, Book I:
      She glanced aside to the rim of the looking-glass where his photograph was wedged, shuddered, and made a moue of distaste.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VIII:
      She made what I believe, though I wouldn't swear to it, is called a moue. Putting the lips together and shoving them out, if you know what I mean. The impression I got was that she was disappointed in Bertram, having expected better things [] .
    • 2011 February 2, Hadley Freeman, “Should Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton be patriotic about designers?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Why do you wear European clothes?" fumed Oscar de la Renta with a moue of disapproval and stamp of his bejewelled foot (probably).

Usage notes[edit]

Often used in the phrase “make a moue”, influenced by French faire la moue (to pout).

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Further reading[edit]

  • moue”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary, (Please provide a date or year).

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Noun[edit]

moue (plural of mou)

  1. sleeves

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French moue, from Old French moe (grimace), from Frankish *mauwa (pout, protruding lip). Akin to Middle Dutch mouwe (protruding lip).

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Noun[edit]

moue f (plural moues)

  1. pout, moue
    • 1999, Anna Gavalda, “Ambre”, in Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part, →ISBN:
      –Et mon cœur ? Elle m'a souri et s'est penchée au-dessus de la table. —Il n'est pas déglingué, ton cœur ? elle a répondu avec une petite moue qui doute.
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