spout

verb
\ 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

spout

noun

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

Verb

spouter noun

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

Verb

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

Noun

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

That is, if a company builds a successful gaming or social media platform, trolls, extremists and other users spouting noxious speech will find a way to those online locations. NBC News, "Extremists creep into Roblox, an online game popular with children," 21 Aug. 2019 In between the pulls, the crowd was serenaded by the event’s moderator who intermittently spouted mule facts and compliments while officials placed the weights on the sleigh. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "Tradition of mule pulling hanging on at Howard County Fair," 7 Aug. 2019 Critics blame the rhetoric spouted by BJP leaders for the increasing anxiety and unrest among minorities in one of the most diverse democracies in the world. Swati Gupta, CNN, "New violence feared in old flashpoint, as Indian ruling party pushes long-held agenda," 6 Aug. 2019 Sharon Sachs brings a fair amount of flair to the role of malapropism-spouting university headmistress Madame Morrible, and Tom Flynn carries tragic gravitas as kindly professor Doctor Dillamond, a goat in an Oz increasingly unfriendly to animals. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Back in Bay Area, ‘Wicked’ is a stirring ode to resistance," 16 Aug. 2019 Blakk’s supporters are hardly more dimensional, generally spouting familiar agitprop or evoking the shouty agenda battles that have always bedeviled liberation movements. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Ms. Blakk for President,’ a Winning Losing Campaign," 4 June 2019 But these weren’t sewer workers spouting off at 1 a.m. about Bernie Sanders or President Trump. Will Bunch, https://www.inquirer.com, "‘When They See Us,’ racist Philly cops on Facebook, and the brutal toll of dehumanization | Will Bunch," 4 June 2019 Bimbo spouted the foil pack and shook the last crumbs of crisp into his palm. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 Subban, ever game, donned it and started spouting Nature Boy’s catch phrases . . . Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "NHL seeing little movement on restricted free agents," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Poured tableside, the shellfish broth flows in a khaki cascade from the spout of an orange kettle, landing in a shallow bowl with a mannerly splish. Fortune, "Restaurant Review: Iceland’s Slippurinn Is an Ephemeral Culinary Destination," 11 Aug. 2019 There are 32 hydration units overall, each with four spouts. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "You can’t bring water into Lollapalooza any more, but it’s never been easier to refill that empty bottle," 2 Aug. 2019 And then the downloaded video had to survive a sudden lightning strike to the metal research vessel that threatened scientists' computers, and on top of everything else, a water spout that formed suddenly off the port bow. The Washington Post, al.com, "Giant squid spotted in Gulf of Mexico in rare video," 24 June 2019 And then the downloaded video had to survive a sudden lightning strike to the metal research vessel that threatened scientists' computers, and on top of everything else, a water spout that formed suddenly off the port bow. Author: Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists capture historic video of a giant squid," 24 June 2019 And then the downloaded video had to survive a sudden lightning strike to the metal research vessel that threatened scientists’ computers, and on top of everything else, a water spout that formed suddenly off the port bow. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Scientists capture historic video of a giant squid," 23 June 2019 And then the downloaded video had to survive a sudden lightning strike to the metal research vessel that threatened scientists' computers, and on top of everything else, a water spout that formed suddenly off the port bow. oregonlive, "Watch: Rare video of giant squid in Gulf of Mexico’s ‘midnight zone’," 23 June 2019 Bartenders and waiters shouldn’t touch the top of the container where the pour spout is so as to avoid cross-contamination. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "Don’t throw away that cup! S.F. pushes reusables, but it won’t be easy," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of spout

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spout

Verb

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

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The first known use of spout was in the 14th century

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spout

verb

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

spout

noun

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

spout

verb
\ 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.

spout

noun

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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