\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

Image Holes were drilled from the back of the heads to the front so that water could spout out of the mouths. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "From the Slaughterhouse to the Playground," 20 June 2018 There is, therefore, something exciting and even a little radical about seeing L3-37 running around the control center, taking down guards and removing droids' restraining bolts while spouting revolutionary rhetoric. Dan Hassler-forest, chicagotribune.com, "'Solo' gets one thing right: The droids in 'Star Wars' are basically slaves," 3 June 2018 Customers of the county's water district post videos and pictures on social media of brown cloudy water spouting out of their taps. Nadia Kounang, CNN, "The Kentucky county where the water smells like diesel," 30 Mar. 2018 About 80 of those were destroyed in the Leilani Estates community, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3 downhill from the volcano's eastern flank. Author: Terray Sylvester, Anchorage Daily News, "River of lava destroys scores more homes on Hawaii’s Big Island and fills in a bay," 6 June 2018 Her slur-spouting son was due to start school soon. Washington Post, "In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims.," 5 June 2018 In this speech alone, Trump spouted 44 claims that have been proved to fall somewhere on the mistruth meter. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Trump Has Been in Office Fewer Than 500 Days. Here’s How Many Times He’s Lied," 10 May 2018 Moawad isn’t some buzzword-spouting corporate consultant, though he has been brought in by corporations and by the U.S. military. Andy Staples, SI.com, "How Trevor Moawad, College Football's Coveted Mental Coach, Molds Draft Prospects' Minds," 17 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even if that doesn’t happen, getting the soup out can be tricky without a pour spout on the bowl. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Meet your favorite kitchen helper: The food processor," 23 Oct. 2018 The center fountain was cleaned out, and palms sprouted from its spout. Vogue, "In His Posthumous Memoir, Bill Cunningham Recalls His Bohemian Beginnings," 13 Aug. 2018 Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl or measuring cup with a spout. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Berry Custard Crunch," 20 Aug. 2018 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

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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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