: the natural opening through which food passes into the body of an animal and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth
He kissed her on the mouth.
He threatened to punch me in the mouth.
She stood there with her mouth agape.
I burned the roof of my mouth.
They told him to keep his mouth closed when chewing and not to talk with his mouth full.
He wiped his mouth with a napkin after eating.
She regretted saying it as soon as the words were out of her mouth.
The smell of the food made my mouth water.
The candy melts in your mouth.
The medication is taken by mouth. Verb
She was just mouthing the usual meaningless platitudes about the need for reform.
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The buccal phase is the body’s reflexive response to the actual presence of food in the mouth (which aids in swallowing).—Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 Two big paws would charge at me and wrap around my neck — usually a toy would be hanging from a wet mouth.—Blake Turck, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 Studies estimate anywhere from 11% to 56% of children are mouth breathers.—Samantha Leal, Allure, 19 Sep. 2023 With each word out of the fifth-year manager’s mouth, another bottle of champagne popped in anticipation of a moment this team has longed for.—Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 17 Sep. 2023 Place a single cherry on top of the mouth of the bottle.—Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 17 Sep. 2023 In 1925, the 15-year-old best friends drowned near the mouth of Ship Creek.—David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2023 They were then taken by Emergency Medical Services to a hospital, where they were treated for a fractured nose and cuts on their nose and mouth.—Jay Valle, NBC News, 15 Sep. 2023 Reality is settling in The oral polio vaccine that has been the backbone of global efforts to eradicate the virus contain live, weakened viruses that are dripped into children’s mouths via a dropper.—Helen Branswell, STAT, 15 Sep. 2023
By trying to mouth out the words that code for each letter of the Roman alphabet, a paralyzed patient could spell out any word that popped into their head, stringing those words together to communicate in full sentences.—Marla Broadfoot, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2023 To maintain the movie’s enigmatic air, Alegria’s talking animals don’t sing in a simplistic anthropomorphic manner — their lips don’t mouth words.—Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2023 Big fish, say a 2-pound female, will mouth it gently without moving.—Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 3 May 2023 For example, during play, dogs do not deliver bites at full force, and a larger dog might roll over to allow a smaller dog to jump on or mouth it.—Julie Hecht, Scientific American, 1 May 2017 The New York stretch adds a pair of colleagues, played by Molly Webster (a radio veteran in real life known for her work with WNYC’s Radiolab) and comedian Jaboukie Young-White, who add more flavors to the mix: good humor, patience, and extra pairs of ears for Jesse to mouth off to.—K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2021 Worse, too many people in power in those countries don’t really care about these values either, other than to mouth the rhetoric of American democracy to secure massive amounts of money and materiel, which in turn fuels massive amounts of corruption, both political and societal.—Karl Marlantes, Time, 26 Aug. 2021 Equality is easy to mouth but hard to practice.—John D. Stoll, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2020 Anyone can mouth a phrase or paint a slogan.—Star Tribune, 13 Sep. 2020 See More
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Middle English, going back to Old English mūþ, going back to Germanic *munþa- (whence also Old Frisian mūth, mund "mouth," Old Saxon mūth, Middle Dutch mont, Old High German munt, Old Icelandic munnr, Gothic munþs), going back to dialectal Indo-European *mn̥t-, whence also Welsh mant "mouth, jaw, mandible," Latin mentum "chin"
This etymon is limited to Celtic, Italic, and Germanic, though a relation with Hittite mēni-, mēna- "face, cheek" has also been suggested. The form *mn̥t- has been taken as a verbal adjective of the base *men- (or *min-) seen in Latin ēminēre "to stick out, protrude," but apparently nowhere else in Indo-European (see minatory).
: the natural opening through which food passes into the animal body and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth