mouth

noun, often attributive
\ ˈmau̇th How to pronounce mouth (audio) \
plural mouths\ ˈmau̇t͟hz How to pronounce mouth (audio) also  ˈmau̇z How to pronounce mouth (audio) , ˈmau̇ths How to pronounce mouth (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 mouth (audio) \ adjective

Verb

mouther noun

Synonyms for mouth

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The most common adverse events were nausea, sleepiness and dry mouth. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: When I go overseas, do I have to put my cardiac implant on ‘roaming’?," 5 May 2021 Because of its Covid-19 disinfecting properties, it is being used by health care workers, especially when working around the mouth and nose, says Dr. Madfes. Shannon M. Bauer, Health.com, "What Is Hypochlorous Acid—and Why Should You Be Adding It to Your Skincare Routine Right Now?," 4 May 2021 The tawny frogmouth, with its hooked beak, enormous bright yellow eyes, and wide gaping mouth, is a bird often mistaken for an owl. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Eccentric Frogmouth Is the Most Camera-Ready Bird on the Instagram," 4 May 2021 With that, a cigar went in Harris’s mouth and the bottle of champagne in his hands. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Road to the Pros: Inside NFL draft day for Najee Harris, party that followed," 3 May 2021 But Happ took the brunt of the collision, appearing to get hit in the head and mouth on the play. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Cubs lose a 13-12, 10-inning slugfest against the Cincinnati Reds after Ian Happ leaves the game following a scary collision," 2 May 2021 Face coverings that cover both the mouth and nose will be required inside TCF Bank Stadium. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers spring game at a glance," 1 May 2021 Robbie’s mouth clumsily masticating as the pizza fell onto the napkin stuffed into his shirt. Brian Trapp, Longreads, "You Robbie, You Baka," 30 Apr. 2021 This set of four sculpted figures, created from 2015 to 2020, depicts a snakelike monster made of oil drums, ammunition cans and tires, with ceramic replicas of gas-station pump handles helping to form a fanged open mouth. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "The Power of Making Art Together," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some of them would just stand there and mouth the words, beer delivery. David Lahuta, Travel + Leisure, "Let the Good Times Roll at These 'Bar Trucks' Popping Up Around the Country," 7 Oct. 2020 These days, designers who’d rather die than gain ten pounds, designers who’d rather make clothes for purse dogs than fat people, could mouth the right platitudes and make the right gestures. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Preview Jennifer Weiner's Big Summer, the newest novel from the queen of beach reads," 5 May 2020 Who is speaking the truth, and on what basis, and who is merely mouthing what people want to hear? Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "The ‘first scientist’s’ 800-year-old tonic for what ails us: The truth," 1 May 2020 Big fish, say a 2-pound female, will mouth it gently without moving. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "How to Catch a Mess of Jumbo Perch," 25 Mar. 2020 His peers are out there right now bad-mouthing the Bearcats. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: If Luke Fickell's going to Michigan State, here's how we should react," 5 Feb. 2020 For months, Trump and his allies bad-mouthed her to Zelenskiy and others in Kyiv. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "ANALYSIS: A fate worse than firing," 16 Nov. 2019 Workers who relied on Fernald for their very livelihoods got angry with Crawford for bad-mouthing their boss. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 Now 8, with flowing brown hair, Jillian steers her electric wheelchair with her tongue and communicates by mouthing words barely above a whisper. Daniela Porat, ProPublica, "Evenflo, Maker of the “Big Kid” Booster Seat, Put Profits Over Child Safety," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of mouth was before the 12th century

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7 May 2021

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“Mouth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mouth. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 mouth (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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