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moue (plural moues)
- A pout, especially as expressing mock-annoyance or flirtatiousness. [from 19th c.]
- 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 23, in The History of Pendennis. […], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1849–1850, OCLC 2057953:
- [S]he looked at her face and made a moue in the glass; and never stopped for Laura’s answer to the questions which she had put.
- 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:
- Why do you wear European clothes?" fumed Oscar de la Renta with a moue of disapproval and stamp of his bejewelled foot (probably).
Often used in the phrase “make a moue”, influenced by French faire la moue (“to pout”).
pout — See also translations at pout
- “moue”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
- plural of
moue f (plural moues)