\ 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



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 spout (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for spout

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The Know Nothings had rather spout off about social issues that are settled at the national level as opposed to reading, studying and being effective legislators. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas Know Nothings," 6 Dec. 2020 People will spout off the most ridiculous nonsense to me about the politics or financing of Social Security. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "A common rant: ‘I’ll tell you what’s wrong with Social Security!’," 29 Nov. 2020 The speeches that Keiko’s friends and relatives spout about family and motherhood are as rote as the phrases Keiko and her colleagues chant to customers, and they are delivered with even less feeling. Stephanie Hayes, The Atlantic, "Sayaka Murata Is Experimenting on You," 9 Nov. 2020 Dyar cautions that the alien hunters shouldn’t get their hopes too high though, pointing to a recent calculation suggesting that volcanoes could spout precursor molecules that then form phosphine in the atmosphere, rather than microbes. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Three ways scientists could search for life on Venus," 1 Oct. 2020 Those coins can cause the game to spout out prize-redemption tickets through an optional printer. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "You can now play an ultra-rare Quake arcade cabinet at home," 17 Aug. 2020 Skippers often then put their boats in neutral or turn off the engines, when the whales often choose to cruise up nearby and spout in close range. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Humpbacks appearing in droves off SF coast," 16 Aug. 2020 Now, the Sergeants Benevolent Association’s official Twitter account spends most of its time needling New York City Mayor De Blasio and spouting profanity and pro-Trump propaganda. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "No More Cop Unions," 29 May 2020 If Russia wants to spread disinformation, the president continually softens an audience for it, by instructing the public to disregard authoritative journalism as the prevarications of a traitorous elite and by spouting falsehoods on Twitter. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Within the city limits, Fort Funston and the Lands End Lookout offer good seascape views for spout spotting. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "With classic lookouts closed, here are the best Bay Area spots to catch migrating gray whales," 2 Jan. 2021 The child safety lock on the hot water spout will ensure that no one gets burned, and the bottom loading design means no heavy lifting necessary. Popular Science, "Four water coolers for the office or home," 16 Dec. 2020 The conference is shoving this season relentlessly into the mouth of a funnel and probably hoping USC and a pile money comes out of the spout. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 title game is a Money Grabber Bowl," 13 Dec. 2020 To add fresh salt or pepper to your dish, just flip the grinder upside down and the machine will light up, beginning to dash finely ground seasoning out of the spout. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 13 best things our editors bought in 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 During the summer, when its water increasingly evaporates, the pond sometimes has to be replenished with city water through a spout that sits on its edge. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "Lincoln Park’s North Pond is drying up and in ‘dire need’ of restoration," 29 Nov. 2020 In most of those instances, experts figure that the tiny critters get swept up in what’s called a water spout, lifted into the clouds, and then eventually dropped when the wind dies back down. Popular Science, "What really happened during the ‘Kentucky meat shower’?," 11 Nov. 2020 Standing out from the crowd of round skillets, the Finex features an octagonal design with each corner able to act as a pour spout. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Cast-Iron Skillets to Last a Lifetime," 10 Sep. 2020 Unlike an earthquake or some other sudden, finite emergency, COVID-19 hospitalizations can be like a spout that won’t turn off, Zink said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Why officials are concerned health care capacity could be the next pinch point in handling Alaska’s virus surge," 2 Nov. 2020

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

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Last Updated

20 Dec 2020

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“Spout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spout. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce spout (audio)

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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