\ ˈspau̇t How to pronounce spout (audio) \
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
b : the blowing of a whale
3 archaic : pawnshop

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Other Words from spout


spouter noun


spouted \ ˈspau̇-​təd How to pronounce spouted (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for spout

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Noun

drainpipe, eaves trough, gutter, rainspout, trough, waterspout

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

Even if a Democrat does defeat Trump, the progressive proposals spouted by candidates such as Warren and Sanders have no chance of seeing the light of day unless Democrats miraculously pull off a landslide in the Senate as well. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Democratic candidates can debate issues, but only one question matters: Can you beat Donald Trump?," 28 June 2019 The latest marketing gimmick from her aunt/manager, Catherine (Susan Pourfar), is Ashley Too, an Alexa-like doll spouting positive affirmations, whose AI is supposedly imbued with Ashley O.'s actual personality. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Black Mirror is back for S5, but it might be running out of fresh ideas," 10 June 2019 Videos of a high school cheerleader in Fresno spouting the N-word have roiled the city and led to debate about how to respond. latimes.com, "Today: The Echoes of Tiananmen," 3 June 2019 First things first: Faucet aerators are the small pieces attached to the end of your kitchen, bathroom, and other sink spouts. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kitchen Faucet Aerator Is Probably Full of All Kinds of Gunk," 27 June 2019 Starts with a spout On one trip, Sunday, Black reported that 10 humpbacks were sighted lunge feeding, and on another, humpbacks were sighted spouting, fluking and feeding. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Whales, killer sharks steal some of U.S. Open’s thunder in Monterey Bay," 12 June 2019 These industries are spouting carbon because customers demand their products: travel, electronics, entertainment, food, all sorts of stuff. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Climate Change Is the Symptom. Consumer Culture Is the Disease.," 11 June 2019 Google's public stances came under fire again this week when YouTube changed its tune on enforcing anti-harassment policies of one user who spouted homophobic and racist slurs against a Vox reporter. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Leader of worker protests at Google quits, alleging "retaliation" by company," 7 June 2019 Ancient leftovers: Archaeologists have excavated spouted pots from the Maya ruins of Colha, Belize, that contained chocolate residue dating to circa 600 B.C. Touchdown! National Geographic, "Go Loco for Belize Cocoa," 8 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To use the level pictured below as an example, the spouts on either side release the balls one at a time, alternating back and forth between the two, while the balls need to travel up into the pipe at the top of the screen. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Perchang looks like Portal, but is more like Lemmings," 23 June 2019 Some miles out to sea, beyond an old breakwater, the misty spouts of whales make rare and treasured appearances. James R. Carroll, USA TODAY, "Cape Ann, Massachusetts: A charming alternative to Cape Cod with sandy beaches and fried clams," 3 June 2019 For most filter methods, a kettle with a gooseneck spout is essential. New York Times, "Grinding Out the Details of a Good Cup of Coffee," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce spout (audio) \
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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