sad-looking young girl sticking out her bottom lip

The above girl showed the inner part of her lower lip.

It seems that people say "she curled up her lip".

However, the dictionary say

curl one's lip: phrase of lip

raise a corner of one's upper lip to show contempt; sneer.

So, I think "curl up one's lip" should be like the below picture.

     blue-collar worker snarling

How to express "to show the inner part of one's lower lip" to show disapproval as the girl shown in the first picture?

  • The little girl may be "pouting". The man is expressing fright or disgust. Maybe he saw a huge spider. Sep 23, 2020 at 9:06

1 Answer 1


Curling of the top lip is called 'sneering' and shows contempt.

Curling of the bottom lip is usually called a pout and can show unhappiness or dissatisfaction when accompanied with a scowl.

From Websters dictionary:

Pout: to show displeasure by thrusting out the lips or wearing a sullen expression.

Note that some people pout their bottom lip as part of an expression of surprise, usually accompanied by raised eyebrows.

"Pout" can also mean a pursing of both lips, but note that this is a secondary definition in the dictionary quoted above.

You might also find this discussion on the sister site useful as it focuses on the curling of the bottom lip rather than the top, although it is talking about the look before someone cries, rather than an expression of disapproval.

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