1. What will be the perfect word for expressing huff, pride or sulking like when children angry with their parents and sit in the corner and don't want to talk with them . What word generally a native use for expressing this facial expression ?

  2. What is the perfect word or slang for expressing childish attitude when it is seen in adult person, generally a native use ?

  • Welcome to English Language & Usage. I'm not sure what you mean by "native." Do you mean the natural look of the petulant child? Or the word a native English speaker would use?
    – rajah9
    May 26 at 14:42
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    I think "petulant" is the perfect word. "In a snit" would be a slang expression that could be generally used. "Knickers in a twist" (B.E.) or "Panties in a wad" (A.E.) could be used as a borderline rude slang expression.
    – rajah9
    May 26 at 14:45
  • There are many variants on knickers in a twist in AE. It's a subject that lends itself to slang, like vomiting. May 26 at 15:08
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    @rajah9 I don't think I've usually heard the knickers/panties phrases used to describe children. Perhaps because we don't expect as much decorum, so it seems inappropriate to use such rude phrases to describe them. A child throwing a tantrum is considered relatively normal.
    – Barmar
    May 26 at 21:13
  • @Barmar, In part 2 of their question, the OP asked about "a childish attitude when it is seen in (an) adult person." While it may seem inappropriate for a child, I have heard adults warn other adults to not get their knickers in a twist, since the lack of decorum is not considered normal.
    – rajah9
    May 27 at 1:22

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  1. The facial expression is a pout, and the verb for displaying this expression is to pout.


1a: to show displeasure by thrusting out the lips or wearing a sullen expression

a pouting child

Sure, you have sports figures misbehaving today. John McEnroe pouts and snarls and curses at tennis judges twice his age, on television …

— Roy Blount Jr.

  1. The person might be sulking, in a snit... you may be able to find more options by putting "sulk" in a thesaurus.

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