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

After a 2-0 loss to Atlanta Tuesday that eliminated the Lions from the Cup and left them with a bitter taste in their mouths, Orlando City has doubled down its focus on the MLS standings. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City heads to Toronto for crucial Eastern Conference matchup," 11 Aug. 2019 Rodriguez, 26, was alone in the hospital in May, with no one’s hand to squeeze and no epidural, nothing for the pain other than a bright yellow rag in her mouth to stop her from biting down on her tongue. Megan Janetsky, USA TODAY, "No country to call home? Some babies born in Colombia to Venezuelan parents lack birthright citizenship," 11 Aug. 2019 The only person taking away from that is Dabo Swinney because of his inability to stuff a sock in his mouth and shut up. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Paul Finebaum fires back at Dabo Swinney’s ‘attack’ on Alabama, says he has ‘inferiority complex’," 8 Aug. 2019 The infection is normally spread from person-to-person when someone eats food, drinks a beverage or places an object in their mouth that has been contaminated by someone who has the virus. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Minnesota homeless, drug users hit by hepatitis A outbreak, health department says," 8 Aug. 2019 Many successful individuals weren’t born with the proverbial silver spoon in their mouths. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Dad weighs possible pitfalls of hosting son’s teammates," 3 Aug. 2019 Those with young children should be especially mindful, as kids will often want to hug birds, then put their hands in their mouths, reiterated Davison. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "The biggest source of salmonella outbreaks? It's clucking in U.S. backyards," 30 July 2019 During a whale-watching trip last week, wildlife photographer Chase Dekker stared in awe as a humpback surfaced and engulfed a sea lion in its mouth. Sarah Keartes, National Geographic, "How a humpback whale ended up with a sea lion in its mouth," 30 July 2019 In an attempt to get back at him, Ed drew a picture of Jim and a globe in his mouth. Ed Masley, azcentral, "How Jimmy Eat World became the biggest Arizona rock band of the century," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In a tweet that has since been deleted, Griffith, 31, refrained from bad-mouthing his ex, but offered a protest in the form of a North Carolina Judicial Standards Complaint Form. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Jenelle Evans Seemingly Confirms David Eason Killed Her Dog: 'He Knows How Upset It Made Me'," 8 July 2019 Johnson has assembled an impressive cast, including Jamie Lee Curtis, a delightfully foul-mouthed Chris Evans, Toni Collette casting shade, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Katherine Langford, M. Emmet Walsh, and Frank Oz. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Rian Johnson trades in lightsabers for postmodern whodunnit Knives Out," 2 July 2019 Buhler quietly mouthed their names along with him, like a dad at a spelling bee. Andrew Blum, WIRED, "Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites," 25 June 2019 This behavior comes with a societal cost: Sometimes, the stranger trying to get your attention, mouthing muffled words and miming removing the buds from your ears, just wants directions, or to ask some other benign question. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 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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