\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a transcript attached to the decision, both individuals spout profanities and insults at one another. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Additionally, nearly all teams will spout nonsense about drafting the best available football player regardless of need. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 His bandmates, however, are glad to spout off about their elusive singer. Katherine Turman, SPIN, 26 Feb. 2022 According to a government website, various types of robots can spout disinfectant mist into the air, shine germ-killing ultraviolet light and, in some cases, detect people who are not wearing masks and ask them to put one on. Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2022 Still, many members of right-wing media continue to spout anti-vaccine rhetoric and disinformation, dissuading many from getting the shot. New York Times, 25 Dec. 2021 Stockton, as mentioned, has every right to do his thing, to spout his opinions about his thorough research. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Jan. 2022 This includes some news organizations that regularly platformed unqualified individuals to spout nonsense about the pandemic and to stir anti-science sentiment. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Jan. 2022 Once governments adopt coercive policies, power-hungry bureaucrats often spout an official party line and suppress dissent, no matter the evidence, and impose further sanctions to punish those who don’t fall in line. David R. Henderson And Charles L. Hooper, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Watch for a spout and chat with volunteer whale-spotters from the American Cetacean Society’s L.A. chapter, who keep careful count of the behemoths, and have done so since 1984. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 And the Water Tanks feature a Quick Connect spout that works with the hoses provided in the Joolca system. Rob Reed, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 The product can be identified by its shape, with a black flip top cap or clear cap with blue pouring spout with the weight of measure of 8-ounces/237mL, UPC 8 4005051579 2. Staff Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2021 In house is a Kung Fu Tea master who pours hot tea from an incredibly long spout, using long, flowing body movements and pour techniques that few can do. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Its black-and-white line drawings are charming, and the writerly descriptions spout history, humor and wit. Amy Merrick, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 The coffee would flow from an elegant spout shaped like a dolphin—co-founder Horn got his inspiration from an Italian fountain, thus bringing a touch of European elegance to diners’ daily cup o’ joe. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 Feb. 2022 The barrel is also equipped with a spout at the bottom to drain the water into a bucket or watering can. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Jan. 2022 There’s another spout at the top for overflow, or to attach a second barrel — a process called daisy-chaining, Bogert said. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for spout


\ 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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