[ spout ]
/ spaʊt /
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verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)




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Idioms for spout

    up the spout, British Slang.
    1. pawned.
    2. in a desperate situation; beyond help: His financial affairs are up the spout.

Origin of spout

First recorded in 1300–50; (verb) Middle English spouten; cognate with Dutch spuiten; akin to the Old Norse verbspȳta spit1; (noun) Middle English spowt(e) “pipe,” akin to the noun

synonym study for spout

3, 4. See flow.


spouter, nounspoutless, adjectivespoutlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spout

/ (spaʊt) /


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


Derived forms of spout

spouter, noun

Word Origin for spout

C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch spouten, from Old Norse spyta to spit
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