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1. One that pouts.
2. Any of several breeds of domestic pigeon capable of distending the crop until the breast becomes puffed out.


1. a person or thing that pouts
2. (Breeds) a breed of domestic pigeon with a large crop capable of being greatly puffed out


(ˈpaʊ tər)

1. a person who pouts.
2. one of a breed of domestic pigeons characterized by a distensible crop.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pouter - someone with a habitually sullen or gloomy expression
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unwelcome person, persona non grata - a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
2.pouter - one of a breed of pigeon that enlarge their crop until their breast is puffed outpouter - one of a breed of pigeon that enlarge their crop until their breast is puffed out
pigeon - wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
References in classic literature ?
The wheeling and circling flights of runts, fantails, tumblers, and pouters, were perhaps not quite consistent with the grave and sober character of the building, but the monotonous cooing, which never ceased to be raised by some among them all day long, suited it exactly, and seemed to lull it to rest.
The pouter has a much elongated body, wings, and legs; and its enormously developed crop, which it glories in inflating, may well excite astonishment and even laughter.
Moreover, I do not believe that any ornithologist would place the English carrier, the short-faced tumbler, the runt, the barb, pouter, and fantail in the same genus; more especially as in each of these breeds several truly-inherited sub-breeds, or species as he might have called them, could be shown him.
If the several breeds are not varieties, and have not proceeded from the rock-pigeon, they must have descended from at least seven or eight aboriginal stocks; for it is impossible to make the present domestic breeds by the crossing of any lesser number: how, for instance, could a pouter be produced by crossing two breeds unless one of the parent-stocks possessed the characteristic enormous crop?
It was long, for it was full of extremely elaborate incidents, which led on to a discussion of the principles on which morality is founded, and thus to several very interesting matters, which even in this ballroom had to be discussed in a whisper, lest one of the pouter pigeon ladies or resplendent merchants should overhear them, and proceed to demand that they should leave the place.
On these inscriptions see Alain Legros, Essais sur pouters (Paris: Klincksieck, 2000).