Definitions for: Spout


[n] an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain
[v] talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
[v] gush forth in a sudden stream or jet of liquids



Webster (1913) Definition: Spout, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spouted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Spouting.] [Cf. Sw. sputa, spruta, to spout, D. spuit a
spout, spuiten to spout, and E. spurt, sprit, v., sprout,
sputter; or perhaps akin to E. spit to eject from the mouth.]
1. To throw out forcibly and abudantly, as liquids through an
office or a pipe; to eject in a jet; as, an elephant
spouts water from his trunk.

Who kept Jonas in the fish's maw Till he was spouted
up at Ninivee? --Chaucer.

Next on his belly floats the mighty whale . . . He
spouts the tide. --Creech.

2. To utter magniloquently; to recite in an oratorical or
pompous manner.

Pray, spout some French, son. --Beau. & Fl.

3. To pawn; to pledge; as, spout a watch. [Cant]


Spout, v. i.
1. To issue with with violence, or in a jet, as a liquid
through a narrow orifice, or from a spout; as, water
spouts from a hole; blood spouts from an artery.

All the glittering hill Is bright with spouting
rills. --Thomson.

2. To eject water or liquid in a jet.

3. To utter a speech, especially in a pompous manner.


Spout, n. [Cf. Sw. spruta a squirt, a syringe. See
Spout, v. t.]
1. That through which anything spouts; a discharging lip,
pipe, or orifice; a tube, pipe, or conductor of any kind
through which a liquid is poured, or by which it is
conveyed in a stream from one place to another; as, the
spout of a teapot; a spout for conducting water from the
roof of a building. --Addison. ``A conduit with three
issuing spouts.'' --Shak.

In whales . . . an ejection thereof [water] is
contrived by a fistula, or spout, at the head. --Sir
T. Browne.

From silver spouts the grateful liquors glide.
--Pope.

2. A trough for conducting grain, flour, etc., into a
receptacle.

3. A discharge or jet of water or other liquid, esp. when
rising in a column; also, a waterspout.

To put, shove, or pop, up the spout, to pawn or
pledge at a pawnbroker's; -- in allusion to the spout up
which the pawnbroker sent the ticketed articles. [Cant]

Synonyms: gush, jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spirt, spurt

See Also: blow, gargoyle, mouth, nose, nozzle, opening, pipage, pipe, piping, pour, pump, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize, watering can, watering pot, whoosh

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