the opening through which an animal or human takes in food.
the cavity containing the structures used in mastication.
the structures enclosing or being within this cavity, considered as a whole.
the masticating and tasting apparatus.
a person or animal dependent on someone for sustenance: another mouth to feed.
the oral opening or cavity considered as the source of vocal utterance.
utterance or expression: to give mouth to one's thoughts.
talk, especially loud, empty, or boastful talk: That man is all mouth.
disrespectful talk or language; back talk; impudence.
a grimace made with the lips.
an opening leading out of or into any cavity or hollow place or thing: the mouth of a cave; a bottle's mouth.
the outfall at the lower end of a river or stream, where flowing water is discharged, as into a lake, sea, or ocean: the mouth of the Nile.
the opening between the jaws of a vise or the like.
the lateral hole of an organ pipe.
the lateral blowhole of a flute.
to utter in a sonorous or pompous manner, or with excessive mouth movements: to mouth a speech.
to form (a word, sound, etc.) with the lips without actually making an utterance: She silently mouthed her answer so as not to wake her napping child.
to utter or pronounce softly and indistinctly; mumble: Stop mouthing your words and speak up.
to put or take into the mouth, as food.
to press, rub, or chew at with the mouth or lips: The dog mouthed the toys.
to accustom (a horse) to the use of the bit and bridle.
to speak sonorously and oratorically, or with excessive mouth movement.
to grimace with the lips.
mouth off, Slang.
to talk back; sass: He mouthed off to his mother.
to express one's opinions, objections, or the like in a forceful or uninhibited manner, especially in public.
Idioms about mouth
down in / at the mouth, Informal. dejected; depressed; disheartened: Ever since he lost his job, he has been looking very down in the mouth.
run off at the mouth, Informal. to talk incessantly or indiscreetly.
talk out of both sides of one's mouth, to make contradictory or untruthful statements.
- mouther, noun
- mouthless, adjective
- outmouth, verb (used with object)
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How to use mouth in a sentence
Instead, they should hit you with a raw burst of salt, enough to burn your mouth like sour candy.Sunflower Seeds Are the Best Snack for the Anxious Mind | Emma Alpern | September 17, 2020 | Eater
Consumers will need sufficient information to decide which vaccine to receive, and they should get that information from their physicians, not pharmaceutical ads on television or word of mouth.6 questions that must be answered in the race for a vaccine | jakemeth | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Intubation is the process of inserting a tube through a patient’s mouth into their airway.How the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing have risen to the COVID-19 challenge | lbelanger225 | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
I think you’ll see some players using a neck gaiter out on the field that they pull up over nose and mouth.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431) | Stephen J. Dubner | September 10, 2020 | Freakonomics
Asking loyal customers to write or record reviews about your company is the best way to grow your company through word of mouth.Networking 101: Why Working Together Creates More Opportunity Than Working Apart | Shantel Holder | September 4, 2020 | Essence.com
And of course, Rod, being Rod, goes for it a hundred percent; his mouth drops open and he says, ‘What?’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But news of the classes is spread mainly by word of mouth, and participants bring along their friends and families.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread | IranWire | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
She has had clients from all over the world, including Ireland and India, who are drawn to her via word of mouth and her website.
The “new civility” promoted by Antoine Courtin expected the mouth to be kept shut when smiling.
During one session, detainee Abu Zubaydah became “completely unresponsive with bubbles rising through his open full mouth.”The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’ | Shane Harris, Tim Mak | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Aristide washed and powdered Jean himself, the landlord lounging by, pipe in mouth, administering suggestions.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Sol got up, slowly; took a backward step into the yard; filled his lungs, opened his mouth, made his eyes round.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
But such a thing had, nevertheless, come quite glibly out of her mouth, and she knew not why.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
Miss Smith immediately rises from the table, puts up her dear little mouth to her papa to be kissed.Physiology of The Opera | John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
The word of the law shall be fulfilled without a lie, and wisdom shall be made plain in the mouth of the faithful.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for mouth
the opening through which many animals take in food and issue vocal sounds
the system of organs surrounding this opening, including the lips, tongue, teeth, etc
the visible part of the lips on the face: Related adjectives: oral, oscular
a person regarded as a consumer of food: four mouths to feed
verbal expression (esp in the phrase give mouth to)
a particular manner of speaking: a foul mouth
informal boastful, rude, or excessive talk: he is all mouth
the point where a river issues into a sea or lake
the opening of a container, such as a jar
the opening of or place leading into a cave, tunnel, volcano, etc
that part of the inner lip of a horse on which the bit acts, esp when specified as to sensitivity: a hard mouth
music the narrow slit in an organ pipe
the opening between the jaws of a vice or other gripping device
a pout; grimace
by word of mouth orally rather than by written means
down in the mouth or down at the mouth in low spirits
have a big mouth or open one's big mouth informal to speak indiscreetly, loudly, or excessively
keep one's mouth shut to keep a secret
put one's money where one's mouth is to take appropriate action to support what one has said
put words into someone's mouth
to represent, often inaccurately, what someone has said
to tell someone what to say
run off at the mouth informal to talk incessantly, esp about unimportant matters
to speak or say (something) insincerely, esp in public
(tr) to form (words) with movements of the lips but without speaking
(tr) to accustom (a horse) to wearing a bit
(tr) to take (something) into the mouth or to move (something) around inside the mouth
(intr usually foll by at) to make a grimace
- mouther (ˈmaʊðə), noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with mouth
In addition to the idiom beginning with mouth
- mouth off
- bad mouth
- big mouth
- butter wouldn't melt in one's mouth
- down in the dumps (mouth)
- foam at the mouth
- foot in one's mouth
- from the horse's mouth
- hand to mouth
- have one's heart in one's mouth
- keep one's mouth shut
- laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
- leave a bad taste in one's mouth
- look a gift horse in the mouth
- make one's mouth water
- melt in one's mouth
- not open one's mouth
- out of the mouths of babes
- put one's money where one's mouth is
- put words in someone's mouth
- run off at the mouth
- shoot off one's mouth
- take the bit in one's mouth
- take the bread out of someone's mouth
- take the words out of someone's mouth
- word of mouth
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