noun, plural mouths [mouthz] /maʊðz/.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Origin of mouth
Synonyms for mouth
Related Words for mouthingsneer, smirk, frown, scowl, utter, express, enunciate, assert, deliver, proclaim, shout, rant, babble, fume, serenade, chant, warble, whistle, croon, hum
Examples from the Web for mouthing
Contemporary Examples of mouthing
Swift erupts, as they argue while mouthing the lyrics of the song.Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tay-Tay Scorned
November 10, 2014
He was mouthing off, Sady contended, and he never said a word about any specific plot to kill Americans.Jury Set to Decide Whether FBI Entrapped Bomb Plotter Mohamed Mohamud
January 31, 2013
If I had an opinion, this would be"—she's mouthing now—"No. 1.The Great College Road Trip
April 8, 2011
As Obama uttered these words, Justice Samuel Alito was seen shaking his head and mouthing the words “not true.”Note to Alito: Obama Was Right
January 28, 2010
She complied, albeit sheepishly, mouthing one that was surprisingly conventional and all-American.Man Ray Revealed
November 12, 2009
Historical Examples of mouthing
The car had passed and he now openly looked after it, mouthing and muttering.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
He paced the length of the room and back, mouthing and muttering.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Mouthing his rage, the gorilla flung the earth man to the ground.
Even the old woman in the shadowy corner had ceased her mouthing.
He must not be allowed to get into the way of just mouthing slang and nothing else.William Adolphus Turnpike
noun (maʊθ) plural mouths (maʊðz)
- to represent, often inaccurately, what someone has said
- to tell someone what to say
Word Origin for mouth
Old English muþ "mouth, opening, door, gate," from Proto-Germanic *munthaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian muth, Old Norse munnr, Danish mund, Middle Dutch mont, Dutch mond, Old High German mund, German Mund, Gothic munþs "mouth"), with characteristic loss of nasal consonant in Old English (cf. tooth, goose, etc.), from PIE *mnto-s (cf. Latin mentum "chin"). In the sense of "outfall of a river" it is attested from late Old English; as the opening of anything with capacity (a bottle, cave, etc.) it is recorded from c.1200. Mouth-organ attested from 1660s.
c.1300, "to speak," from mouth (n.). Related: Mouthed; mouthing. Old English had muðettan "to blab."
n. pl. mouths (mouðz)
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