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spout

verb \ ˈspau̇t \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of spout

transitive verb
1 : to eject (liquid) in a stream
  • wells spouting oil
2 a : to speak or utter readily, volubly, and at length
b : to speak or utter in a pompous or oratorical manner : declaim
  • a candidate spouting empty promises
intransitive verb
1 : to issue with force or in a jet : spurt
2 : to eject material (such as liquid) in a jet
3 : declaim

spouter

noun

Examples of spout in a Sentence

  1. The well was spouting oil.

  2. She kept spouting on and on about politics.

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Origin and Etymology of spout

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch spoiten to spout, Old English spīwan to spew


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spout

noun

Definition of spout

1 : a pipe or conductor through which a liquid is discharged or conveyed in a stream: such as
a : a pipe for carrying rainwater from a roof
b : a projecting tube or lip from which a liquid (such as water) issues
2 : a discharge or jet of liquid or moisture from or as if from a pipe: such as
b : the blowing of a whale
3 archaic : pawnshop

spouted

play \ˈspau̇-təd\ adjective

Examples of spout in a Sentence

  1. Water was flowing from the spout.

  2. the spout of a tea kettle

Recent Examples of spout from the Web

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First Known Use of spout

14th century

spout Synonyms



SPOUT Defined for English Language Learners

spout

verb

Definition of spout for English Language Learners

  • : to shoot out (a liquid) with force

  • : to flow out with force

  • : to say or talk about (something) in a way that is boring or annoying


spout

noun

Definition of spout for English Language Learners

  • : a tube, pipe, or hole out of which a liquid flows

  • : a sudden strong stream of liquid


SPOUT Defined for Kids

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spout

verb \ ˈspau̇t \

Definition of spout for Students

spouted; spouting
1 : to shoot out (liquid) with force
  • Wells spouted oil.
2 : to speak with a long and quick flow of words so as to sound important
  • He spouted his opinions at the meeting.
3 : to flow out with force : spurt
  • Blood spouted from the wound.

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spout

noun

Definition of spout for Students

1 : a tube, pipe, or hole through which something (as rainwater) shoots out
2 : a sudden strong stream of fluid


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