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 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.
Idioms about spout
up the spout, British Slang.
in a desperate situation; beyond help: His financial affairs are up the spout.
- spouter, noun
- spoutless, adjective
- spoutlike, adjective
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How to use spout in a sentence
While the ghost of default stalks the battlements, he dithers and spouts soliloquies.To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment | Joe McLean | October 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
De la Pryme called it “one of those strange works of nature called spouts, or rather hurricanes.”
Yet Netanyahu, in the name of Zionism, paradoxically spouts the most non-Zionist ideology of all.
At other times spouts of green or black vapour rise, mix and lose themselves in the yellow cloud.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
In the center of the square was a jet d'eau, which cast forth water from eight spouts, extended from a colossean female form.The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Volume II (of 3) | Elliott Coues
Am no sayin' I did, but as I've been tellin' ye, humour spouts oot by itsel.A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
Hidden water spouts over his head and pours beneath his feet through his house.The Voice of the Machines | Gerald Stanley Lee
As yet doth deep call unto deep, but now in the voice of Thy water-spouts.The Confessions of Saint Augustine | Saint Augustine
British Dictionary definitions for spout
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 lost: any hope of rescue is right up the spout
- spouter, noun
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