- 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 spouter
"And if they don't, you let me know, and we'll attend to them," said Spouter to his cousin.
"Right you are," had come from his particular chum, Spouter Powell.
"Well, Spouter Powell is a good skater, too," returned another.
"You ought to let us all have a hand in that, Andy," put in Spouter.
Again there was a silence, and then Spouter came to the front.
- 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 spouter
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).