- to emit or discharge forcibly (a liquid, granulated substance, etc.) in a stream or jet.
- Informal. to state or declaim volubly or in an oratorical manner: He spouted his theories on foreign policy for the better part of the night.
- to discharge, as a liquid, in a jet or continuous stream.
- to issue forth with force, as liquid or other material through a narrow orifice.
- Informal. to talk or speak at some length or in an oratorical manner.
- a pipe, tube, or liplike projection through or by which a liquid is discharged, poured, or conveyed.
- a trough or shoot for discharging or conveying grain, flour, etc.
- a waterspout.
- a continuous stream of liquid, granulated substance, etc., discharged from or as if from a pipe, tube, shoot, etc.
- a spring of water.
- a downpour or fall, especially of water, from a high place; waterfall.
- a dumbwaiter or chute, formerly common in pawnbrokers' shops, by which articles pawned were sent to another floor for storage.
- British Slang. pawnshop.
- up the spout, British Slang.
- in a desperate situation; beyond help: His financial affairs are up the spout.
Origin of spout
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Examples from the Web for spout
Meaning, Williams has basically previously displayed his willingness to spout government propaganda in exchange for cash.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew
November 12, 2014
The spout was almost universally believed to be a sign of the apocalypse.
If the spout was air and not water, then there was no necessary reason for it to be confined to seas and oceans.
So this meant that the solid appearance of the spout had to be an illusion.
Emboldened by the last round of war, factions of Hamas compete for who can spout the most invective against Israel.Daniel Gordis Has It Backwards
December 11, 2012
Mallyan's Spout is the most imposing, having a drop of about 76 feet.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Its spout was torn and ragged like the mouth of a gun when a shell has burst there.American Notes
Why should it not be "up the spout," instead of in a jewel-box?The Lightning Conductor Discovers America
C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Just below the lid, and above the spout, was a hole as large as a dime.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
It came out by itself, as the spout of a teapot had once come off by itself in her hand.A Great Man
- to discharge (a liquid) in a continuous jet or in spurts, esp through a narrow gap or under pressure, or (of a liquid) to gush thus
- (of a whale, etc) to discharge air through the blowhole, so that it forms a spray at the surface of the water
- informal to utter (a stream of words) on a subject, often at length
- a tube, pipe, chute, etc, allowing the passage or pouring of liquids, grain, etc
- a continuous stream or jet of liquid
- short for waterspout
- up the spout slang
- ruined or lostany hope of rescue is right up the spout
Word Origin and History for spout
early 14c., related to Middle Dutch spoiten "to spout," North Frisian spütji "spout, squirt," Swedish sputa "to spout," and probably Middle Dutch spuwen "to spit" (see spew). Meaning "to talk, declaim" is recorded from 1610s.
late 14c., from spout (v.). It was the slang term for the lift in a pawnbroker's shop, up which articles were taken for storage, hence figurative phrase up the spout "lost, hopeless, gone beyond recall" (1812).