[ spout ]
/ spaʊt /

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)


Nearby words

  1. spottie,
  2. spotty,
  3. spousal,
  4. spousally,
  5. spouse,
  6. spout cup,
  7. spouted,
  8. spouting,
  9. spp.,
  10. spqr


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

Origin of spout

1300–50; (v.) Middle English spouten; cognate with Dutch spuiten; akin to Old Norse spȳta to spit1; (noun) Middle English spowt(e) pipe, akin to the noun

3, 4. squirt, stream, pour. See flow. 5. declaim, rant, harangue, speechify. 6. nozzle, nose.

Related formsspout·er, nounspout·less, adjectivespout·like, 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 Formsspouter, noun

Word Origin for spout

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

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