\ 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 spouted (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 But the Elaine part kind of writes itself, because the humor came from my mom -- that’s in her soul, and she spouted that stuff daily. Fred Schruers, Billboard, "Cameron Crowe Explains Why He Decided to Do the 'Almost Famous' Musical," 18 Oct. 2019 On the High Line, cool your ankles in the water spouts at the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck, then dry off on a wooden chaise. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "You saved 15 minutes on Amtrak’s new nonstop service to NYC. Now what?," 14 Aug. 2019 The Dad spouts quotes from John Milton (a little too often) and son Matt is a pianist preparing for a recital. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Reading recommendations: Mystery, nonfiction and books for kids from Minnesota writers," 27 July 2019 Water spouts formed near the city, and some neighborhoods received more than eight inches of rain in three hours. Adeel Hassan, New York Times, "Hurricane Expected to Form in Gulf as Rain Pounds New Orleans," 10 July 2019 During coffee in West Hollywood, Amoruso casually spouted quotes and platitudes. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Sophia Amoruso, L.A.’s millennial ‘Girlboss,’ is busy with her second act," 3 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The clay cups with little spouts begin to show up at around 7,000 BC, coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from bowls to animals. Wired, "Ancient Sippy Cups, A Full-Control Android Hack, and More News," 7 Oct. 2019 As long as 7,000 years ago, Stone Age farmers in Central Europe were making and using small pottery bottles or cups with spouts. BostonGlobe.com, "Prehistoric parents may have used baby bottles made of pottery, research shows - The Boston Globe," 27 Sep. 2019 The baby quickly started sucking the spout to get a bigger drink. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Babies have been drinking milk from bottles for thousands of years. Here’s the proof," 26 Sep. 2019 Enver-Hirsch/Wien Museum As long as 7,000 years ago, Stone Age farmers in Central Europe were making and using small pottery bottles or cups with spouts. James Gorman, New York Times, "Prehistoric Parents Used Baby Bottles Made of Pottery," 25 Sep. 2019 These agreeably cartoonish creations are far too large for conventional use, with enormous spouts that compete for attention with the object’s central part. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: If creative ceramics are your cup of tea, go to the Renwick Gallery," 3 Sep. 2019 According to the agency's recall notice, there have been 149 reports of the spouts detaching and 18 being found in children's mouths. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "5.7 million Contigo kids' water bottles recalled over choking hazard," 27 Aug. 2019 The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles are being recalled because of a risk that the bottle's clear silicone spout can detach and pose a choking risk. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "5.7 million Contigo kids' water bottles recalled over choking hazard," 27 Aug. 2019 There are still some storms over the water this afternoon, and the National Weather Service marine forecast says water spouts are possible Friday and Saturday, as well. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "Waterspouts pop up in Lake Erie; forecast calls for more possible," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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21 Nov 2019

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“Spout.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spouting. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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