Variant of 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: Middle English from Old English muth, akin to German mund from Indo-European base an unverified form menth-, to chew from source Glassical 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
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