Origin of spouting
- 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 spouting
Spouting off against police online has become criminalized in recent weeks.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
No more allowing people to justify their bigotry by spouting a cherry-picked Bible verse.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
In the meantime, Welby is not, at least, spouting ugly bigotry.UK’s No 1 Churchman Doubts Existence of God: The Archbishop of Canterbury Thinks Deep When Running With His Dog
September 18, 2014
Never mind whatever podcast, Vine, Tumblr, talk radio host or triple-digit cable network is spouting off about at the moment.Hillary’s Outside Enforcers Are Led by a Former Foe
July 10, 2014
And to let you comprehend whether you are heir to that civilization or spouting hot air about it.My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail
P. J. O’Rourke
May 18, 2014
The thought set the geyser of his rage roaring and spouting in the face of heaven.Weighed and Wanting
They have all been at work like her, spouting ashes and pumice and rocks and lava.
He had seen one spouting fire as he had voyaged on the pirate ship.
Upon the rug itself a stream of blood was spouting out of the air.
One of them, Steamboat Spring, was spouting at regular intervals as we passed.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
- a rainwater downpipe on the exterior of a building
- such pipes collectively
- 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 spouting
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).