\ˈspau̇t \
spouted; spouting; spouts

Definition of spout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to eject (liquid) in a stream wells spouting oil

2a : 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



Definition of spout (Entry 2 of 2)

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

a : waterspout

b : the blowing of a whale

3 archaic : pawnshop

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Other Words from spout


spouter noun


spouted \ˈspau̇-təd \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for spout

Synonyms: Verb

gush, jet, pour, rush, spew, spurt, squirt, swoosh

Synonyms: Noun

jet, spurt, squirt

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

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Examples of spout in a Sentence


The well was spouting oil. She kept spouting on and on about politics.


Water was flowing from the spout. the spout of a tea kettle
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

A decade ago Mr Assad toyed with infitah (liberalisation), only for Sunni extremists to build huge mosques from which to spout their hate-speech, say his advisers. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 An erupting volcano has been spouting lava, ash and rocks for nearly a month. Fox News, "The Latest: Man goes past checkpoint, crashes into hard lava," 1 June 2018 Zaynab spouts negative stereotypes of Black women, and Haaris reminds her that white Americans feel similarly about Pakistanis. Teresa Mathew, refinery29.com, "Unfair & Ugly: An American Family Sitcom About South Asian Muslims," 31 May 2018 Here in this remote place, women still gather just after dawn every day at communal water spouts to fill yellow water gallons for their families, a ritual as old as time. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Its spouting geysers and abundant wildlife attract tourists from around the world, putting an increasing strain on its natural resources. Washington Post, "Yellowstone boss to retire after Trump agency proposed move," 1 June 2018 About six hours later, lava began emerging from cracks in the subdivision, spouting as high as 125 feet, though the lava flow did not travel more than 30 feet from the crack, according to the Observatory. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Cracks Open Earth, Endangering Neighborhoods With Lava," 5 May 2018 Now, by mapping the energy distribution, O’Brien can predict which plants will spout where. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What the West Can Learn from Florida About Forest Fires," 27 June 2018 Ash plumes on Tuesday had spouted as high as 12,000 feet into the air, scientists said. Sophia Yan And Audrey Mcavoy, chicagotribune.com, "Quakes damage roads as ash spews from Hawaii volcano," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Be a kid and splash in the fountain at Dilworth Park Harness your inner youth and let loose at Dilworth Park, where an expansive fountain shoots up rows of three-foot-high water spouts. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "6 cool ways to get out of the heat this summer in Philadelphia," 3 July 2018 This petite temple is the ultimate ornamental fountain, its series of elaborate spouts including the heads of lions and elephants. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 Strain the mixture into a container with a pour spout using a fine mesh sieve to remove any larger bits of coconut solids. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This homemade coconut iced tea is positively dreamy," 27 June 2018 With rain clouds often come stormy seas, just the thing to fuel high spouts on the Nakalele Blowhole. Brian J. Cantwell, chicagotribune.com, "Rainy day on Maui? Here are 5 great things to do beyond the beach," 24 Apr. 2018 Press through a fine-mesh strainer into a 1-quart measuring cup with a spout. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Re-create Popsicle dreams with fresh strawberries — and powerful boost from freeze-dried version," 11 July 2018 Next, mix remaining coconut milk with the zest and juice from two limes in a measuring cup with a pour spout. Sunset, "20 Sensational Coconut Recipes," 22 Jan. 2018 The Day After What a cinephile blessing to be living through the Hong Sang-soo renaissance, this current creative spout for the Korean auteur who’s been releasing multiple masterpieces a year. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)," 19 June 2018 Crack all 12 eggs into a large bowl (ideally with a pour spout). Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Picky, picky: Strategies to get your kids (or yourself) to try new foods," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of spout


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spout


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

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English Language Learners Definition of spout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



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

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

: a sudden strong stream of liquid


\ˈspau̇t \
spouted; spouting

Kids Definition of spout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of spout (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tube, pipe, or hole through which something (as rainwater) shoots out

2 : a sudden strong stream of fluid

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