Tea pours from the spout of a teapot.
- The definition of a spout is a lip, chute or tube for dispensing something.
- An example of spout is the projection on a teapot that allows the tea to pour.
- An example of spout is a water pipe on the side of a house.
- Spout is defined as to emit, usually a liquid, with force.
An example of spout is to use a hose to water the garden.
- a lip, orifice, or projecting tube, as on a teapot, in a drinking fountain, etc., by which a liquid is poured or discharged
- a stream, jet, or discharge of or as of liquid from a spout
- the stream of air and water rising from the blowhole of a whale
- a chute for conveying substances, as grain or flour, or articles
Origin of spoutfrom the chute formerly used as a conveyance in such a shopBrit., Slang a pawnshop
Origin of spoutMiddle English spute, spoute ; from the verb
- to shoot out (liquid, etc.) from or as from a spout
- to speak or utter in a loud, pompous manner or in a ready, rapid flow of words
Origin of spoutME spouten, to spout, vomit, akin to MDu spuiten, to spout: prob. < base of spew
- to flow or shoot out with force in a jet: said of liquid, etc.
- to discharge liquid, etc. from or as from a spout
- to spout words
up the spout
- bankrupt; ruined
verbspout·ed, spout·ing, spouts
- To gush forth in a rapid stream or in spurts: Water spouted from the faucet.
- To discharge a liquid or other substance continuously or in spurts: whales spouting offshore.
- To speak in a wordy, dull, or pompous manner: spouted on about how well-made the building was.
- To discharge (a flowing or spurting liquid); release: The statue's mouth spouted water.
- To utter in a wordy, dull, or pompous manner: spouted statistics to prove his point.
- Chiefly British To pawn.
- A tube, lip, or hole through which liquid is released or discharged: the spout of a teapot.
- A continuous stream of liquid.
- The burst of spray from the blowhole of a whale.
- Chiefly British A pawnshop.
Origin of spoutMiddle English spouten, ultimately of imitative origin.
(third-person singular simple present spouts, present participle spouting, simple past and past participle spouted)
Compare Swedish spruta a squirt, a syringe.