mouth

noun, often attributive
\ ˈmau̇th How to pronounce mouth (audio) \
plural mouths\ ˈmau̇t͟hz How to pronounce mouths (audio) also  ˈmau̇z How to pronounce mouths (audio) , ˈmau̇ths How to pronounce mouths (audio) ; in synecdochic compounds like "blabbermouths"  ˈmau̇ths is more frequent \

Definition of mouth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
b : grimace made a mouth
c : an individual requiring food had too many mouths to feed
2a : voice, speech finally gave mouth to her feelings
b : mouthpiece sense 3a he is the mouth … of the House in its relations with the Crown— T. E. May
c(1) : a tendency to excessive talk he is not all mouth … he gets resultsTime
(2) : saucy or disrespectful language : impudence just don't take any mouth from him— Jackson Burgess
3 : something that resembles a mouth especially in affording entrance or exit: such as
a : the place where a stream enters a larger body of water
b : the surface opening of an underground cavity (see cavity sense 1) the mouth of a well the mouth of a volcano
c : the opening of a container the mouth of a bottle
d : an opening in the side of an organ flue pipe
down in the mouth

mouth

verb
\ ˈmau̇t͟h How to pronounce mouth (audio) also ˈmau̇th How to pronounce mouth (audio) \
mouthed; mouthing; mouths

Definition of mouth (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

b : to utter bombastically : declaim
c : to repeat without comprehension or sincerity always mouthing platitudes
d : to form soundlessly with the lips the librarian mouthed the word "quiet"
e : to utter indistinctly : mumble mouthed his words
2 : to take into the mouth especially : eat

intransitive verb

1a : to talk pompously : rant often used with off
b : to talk insolently or impudently usually used with off
2 : to move the mouth especially so as to make faces

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Other Words from mouth

Noun

mouthlike \ ˈmau̇th-​ˌlīk How to pronounce mouthlike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

mouther noun

Synonyms for mouth

Synonyms: Noun

chops, gob [chiefly British], kisser [slang], mug, piehole [slang], trap [slang], yap [slang]

Synonyms: Verb

grimace, mug

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Examples of mouth in a Sentence

Noun

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. silently mouthing the words to a song
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Europe’s players had their hands over their mouths, and their captain could barely watch. BostonGlobe.com, "The putt was from 7 feet, slightly left to right, and it never looked like missing.," 17 Sep. 2019 This version of Harland Sanders is slim and dewy-eyed, with his mouth always slightly agape. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Is America ready for a Colonel Sanders computer game?," 16 Sep. 2019 Atascocita handles Kingwood Last week's 56-14 loss to Katy left a bad taste in Atascocita's mouth but only temporarily before Friday's 70-10 win over Humble ISD brethren Kingwood. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Friday night highlights: North Shore rallies past Westfield," 13 Sep. 2019 But because microorganisms don’t have mouths or teeth, this doesn’t happen quickly. Danielle Zickl, Popular Mechanics, "Stop Tossing Your Banana Peels on the Ground," 13 Sep. 2019 His mouth curled into the polite smile of someone who doesn’t get the joke. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Good vibes reggae, eats at 3Natives | Review," 12 Sep. 2019 The river mouth itself is an Orange County flood-control channel and, according to county rules, neither dogs nor humans are allowed in it, Ott said. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Dogs, downward: N.B. animal-control officers writing fewer tickets at unofficial ‘dog beach’ so far this year," 12 Sep. 2019 Within minutes Vic is wheeling one of his regular passengers, a man who is diabetic and visually impaired, down a hall and into the van, ignoring the surly stream of complaints pouring from his mouth. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Give Me Liberty’ review: A medical transport van welcomes all," 12 Sep. 2019 Peer into the gaping Bocca della Verità, a sculpted mouth reputed to bite off the hand of anyone who doesn’t tell the truth. National Geographic, "Italy and Greece Expedition: Empires of the Mediterranean," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The baby will nurse for a while but at 4 weeks he was observed already mouthing bits of fruits and vegetables, DeLanty said. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Adorable baby snow monkey is born at Milwaukee zoo; first healthy birth in 26 years," 20 June 2019 Rexha could be seen mouthing as Cabello and Mendes nuzzled noses and got within kissing distance during their duet. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Joe Jonas, Taylor Swift's Reaction After Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello Didn't Kiss in MTV VMAs Duet," 26 Aug. 2019 The three 11-year-old heroes of Gene Stupnitsky’s new comedy are somewhat foul-mouthed, occasionally girl-crazy, and drawn into plenty of wild antics over the course of the movie—but every joke is about how bad these kids are at being bad. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Good Boys Is a Raunchy but Sweet Comedy," 12 Aug. 2019 Rue’s actress Zendaya is singing an original song in voiceover (Zendaya, who came up on the Disney Channel, had a music career in addition to her acting career for awhile), and onscreen, Rue is mouthing along to the words, but slightly off-beat. Constance Grady, Vox, "Why Euphoria’s messy season finale could mean great things for the show’s future," 11 Aug. 2019 Other obstacles include whether technology companies can adequately flag troublesome behavior in advance, and whether law enforcement can successfully separate out those bent on violence from those who simply mouth off about it. Eric Tucker, Twin Cities, "Shooting shows challenges for FBI in probing domestic terror," 5 Aug. 2019 Liberal viewers think Lake has mouthed off enough and needs to go. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Parlergate? What we know and don’t know about Kari Lake’s return to Fox 10," 24 July 2019 Most of the time, the camera was on Pacquiao, reverently mouthing the words to his country’s most precious piece of music. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Manny Pacquiao’s victory would be the ultimate farewell to a storied career," 21 July 2019 The smaller males care for the eggs, fanning them and mouthing them to clean them. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "These fish eggs aren't hatching. The culprit? Light pollution.," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of mouth

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for mouth

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English mūth; akin to Old High German mund mouth and perhaps to Latin mentum chin

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mouth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mouth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the opening through which food passes into the body : the part of the face that includes the lips and the opening behind them
: an opening in something
: the place where a river enters the ocean

mouth

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mouth (Entry 2 of 2)

: to say or repeat (something) without really meaning it or understanding it
: to form (words) with your lips without speaking

mouth

noun
\ ˈmau̇th How to pronounce mouth (audio) \
plural mouths\ ˈmau̇t͟hz , ˈmau̇ths \

Kids Definition of mouth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the opening through which food passes into the body and which in humans is surrounded on the outside by the lips and contains the tongue and teeth
2 : an opening that is like a mouth There was a butcher who worked in the mouth of a narrow alley.— Laurence Yep, Dragonwings
3 : the place where a stream enters a larger body of water

mouth

verb
\ ˈmau̇t͟h How to pronounce mouth (audio) \
mouthed; mouthing

Kids Definition of mouth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to form with the lips without speaking The librarian mouthed “quiet.”
2 : to repeat without being sincere or without understanding Salesmen mouthed meaningless slogans.

mouth

noun
\ ˈmau̇th How to pronounce mouth (audio) \
plural mouths\ ˈmau̇t͟hz How to pronounce mouths (audio) \

Medical Definition of mouth

: 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

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