mouth[mo̵ut̸h; for v. mo̵ut̸h]
- The definition of a mouth is the opening of something, particularly the opening through which a person talks and eats.
- An example of a mouth is how a person takes in food.
- An example of a mouth is where a river empties into a larger body of water.
- To mouth is defined as to speak without sound or in an insincere manner.
An example of to mouth is for a child to talk back to his parents.
The human mouth.
- the opening through which an animal takes in food; specif., the cavity, or the entire structure, in the head of any of the higher animals which contains the teeth and tongue and through which sounds are uttered
- the mouth regarded as the organ of chewing and tasting
- the mouth regarded as the organ of speech
- a person or animal regarded as a being needing food: six mouths to feed
- the lips, or the part of the face surrounding the lips
- a wry expression of the face; grimace: now only in the phrase
- any opening regarded as like the mouth; specif.,
- the part of a river, stream, etc. where the water empties into another body of water
- the opening into the earth of a cave, volcano, tunnel, etc.
- the opening of a container, through which it is filled or emptied
- the front opening in the barrel of a gun
- the opening between the jaws of a vise, etc.
- the opening between the lips of an organ pipe
- the opening in a flute across which the player blows
Origin of mouthMiddle English ; from Old English muth, akin to German mund ; from Indo-European base an unverified form menth-, to chew from source Classical Greek masasthai, Classical Latin mandere, to chew
- to say, esp. in an affected, oratorical, or insincere manner; declaim
- to form (a word) with the mouth soundlessly
- to take or put into the mouth
- to caress or rub with the mouth or lips
- to train (a horse) to become accustomed to the bit
- to speak in an affected or oratorical manner; declaim
- Rare to make a wry face by twisting the mouth; grimace
down in the mouthor down at the mouth
give mouth to
have a big mouth
mouth off☆ Slang
nounpl. mouths mouths
- a. The body opening through which an animal takes in food.b. The cavity lying at the upper end of the digestive tract, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in humans and certain other vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth.c. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech.d. The opening to any cavity or canal in an organ or a bodily part.
- a. The part of the lips visible on the human face.b. A pout, grimace, or similar expression: made a mouth when the teacher turned away.
- a. A person viewed as a consumer of food: has three mouths to feed at home.b. A spokesperson; a mouthpiece: acts as the mouth of the organization.
- a. Utterance; voice: gave mouth to her doubts.b. A tendency to talk excessively or unwisely: is known mainly for his mouth.c. Impudent or vulgar talk: Watch your mouth.
- An opening, especially: a. The part of a stream or river that empties into a larger body of water.b. The entrance to a harbor, canyon, valley, or cave.c. The opening through which a container is filled or emptied.d. The muzzle of a gun.e. The opening between the jaws of a vise or other holding or gripping tool.f. An opening in the pipe of an organ.g. The opening in the mouthpiece of a flute across which the player blows.
verbmouthed, mouth·ing, mouths mouths
- To speak or pronounce, especially:a. To declare in a pompous manner; declaim: mouthing his opinions of the candidates.b. To utter without conviction or understanding: mouthing empty compliments.c. To form soundlessly: I mouthed the words as the others sang.
- To take in or touch with the mouth: Small children tend to mouth their toys.
- To orate affectedly; declaim.
- To grimace.
Origin of mouthMiddle English, from Old English mūth; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
the human mouth and its contiguous structures
A. hard palate
D. salivary glands
G. soft palate
- (anatomy) The opening of a creature through which food is ingested.
- "Open your mouth and say 'aah'," directed the doctor.
- The end of a river out of which water flows into a sea or other large body of water.
- The mouth of the river is a good place to go birdwatching in spring and autumn.
- An outlet, aperture or orifice.
- The mouth of a cave
- (slang) A loud or overly talkative person.
- My kid sister is a real mouth; she never shuts up.
- (saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters the mouth of an animal.
(third-person singular simple present mouths, present participle mouthing, simple past and past participle mouthed)
- To speak; to utter.
- He mouthed his opinions on the subject at the meeting.
- To make the actions of speech, without producing sound.
- The prompter mouthed the words to the actor, who had forgotten them.
- To pick up or handle with the lips or mouth, but not chew or swallow.
- The fish mouthed the lure, but didn't bite.
From Middle English mouth, from Old English mūþ (“mouth, opening, door, gate”), from Proto-Germanic *munþaz (“mouth”), from Proto-Indo-European *ment- (“to chew; jaw, mouth”). Cognate with Scots mouth (“mouth”), North Frisian müd, müth, müss (“mouth”), West Frisian mûn (“mouth”), Dutch mond (“mouth”), muide (“river mouth”) and mui (“riptide”), German Mund (“mouth”), Swedish mun (“mouth”), Faroese muður, munnur (“mouth”), Icelandic munnur (“mouth”), Gothic (munþs, “mouth”), Latin mentum (“chin”) and mandō (“to chew”), Ancient Greek μάσταξ (mástax, “jaws, mouth”) and μασάομαι (masáomai, “to chew”), Albanian mjekër (“chin, beard”), Welsh mant (“jawbone”), Hittite [script?] (mēni, “chin”).