- 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.
Six mouths to feed.
The mouth of the river is a good place to go birdwatching in spring and autumn.
The prompter mouthed the words to the actor, who had forgotten them.
An example of to mouth is for a child to talk back to his parents.
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.
- The part of a stream or river that empties into a larger body of water.
- The entrance to a harbor, canyon, valley, or cave.
- The opening through which a container is filled or emptied.
- The muzzle of a gun.
- The opening between the jaws of a vise or other holding or gripping tool.
- An opening in the pipe of an organ.
- The opening in the mouthpiece of a flute across which the player blows.
- To declare in a pompous manner; declaim.Mouthing his opinions of the candidates.
- To utter without conviction or understanding.Mouthing empty compliments.
- To form soundlessly.I mouthed the words as the others sang.
Small children tend to mouth their toys.
- Discouraged; sad; dejected.
- depressed; unhappy; discouraged
- (to have) a tendency to talk loudly, excessively, indiscreetly, or impudently
- to talk loudly, excessively, indiscreetly, or impudently
Origin of mouth
- Middle English from Old English mūth men-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌸𐍃 (munþs, “mouth"), Latin mentum (“chin") and mandō (“to chew"), Ancient Greek μάσταξ (mástax, “jaws, mouth") and μασάομαι (masáomai, “to chew"), Albanian mjekÃ«r (“chin, beard"), Welsh mant (“jawbone"), Hittite [script?] (mÄ“ni, “chin").