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

The surgery can be necessary for infants when the lingual frenulum, the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too tight, restricting the tongue's movement. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Most babies referred for tongue-tie surgeries to breastfeed unnecessary, study says," 15 July 2019 At Lingua Franca, Weymar bounced around with straight pins in her mouth, securing pieces to the walls. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "Stitch ’n’ Bitch for the Trump Era," 15 July 2019 Barry was about 95 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 120 miles south-southeast of Morgan City, La., the hurricane center announced in its 8 a.m. advisory Friday. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Barry has ‘small chance, maybe’ of becoming Hurricane Barry, but real threat to Louisiana is rain, hurricane center says," 12 July 2019 The center of Barry is about 95 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and it's expected to turn northwest later today, meteorologists say. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Tropical Storm Barry may bring gusty winds, thunderstorms to the Houston area this weekend," 12 July 2019 The storm at that time was about 100 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 115 miles southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana. Dakin Andone And Brandon Miller, CNN, "Here's what we know about Tropical Storm Barry and what to expect," 12 July 2019 Late Friday morning, Barry was about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi, and its winds had jumped to 65 mph (100 kph). Janet Mcconnaughey, BostonGlobe.com, "Barry’s outer bands begin hitting southeastern Louisiana," 12 July 2019 As of Thursday night, Barry was about 85 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi, with winds around 50 mph. Rebecca Santana, chicagotribune.com, "Tropical Storm Barry forms off the coast of already drenched Louisiana, could become hurricane," 11 July 2019 Midfielder Allie Long made a bold statement about the wage disparity at the parade this morning, balling up a page from the lawsuit and literally stuffing it in her mouth. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "No One In the World Is More Lit Than the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Right Now," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Their swaggering first-round performance leaves two ill-prepared boys open-mouthed like fish. The Economist, "Debating contests teach Chinese students an argument has two sides," 15 June 2019 Imagine being in a session and bad-mouthing your friend, or boss, or teammate. SELF, "Is It a Bad Idea to See the Same Therapist as Someone You Know?," 24 Jan. 2019 Outtakes from the first film show Watson hilariously/adorably mouthing her co-stars lines—and naturally Jimmy Kimmel forced her to watch them on air during an interview. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "These Hilarious 'Harry Potter' Outtakes Show Emma Watson Mouthing Other Characters' Lines," 7 Mar. 2017

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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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