mouth (plural mouths)
- (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.
- (obsolete) A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a mouthpiece.
- Every coffeehouse has some particular statesman belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street where he lives.
- (obsolete) Cry; voice.
- (obsolete) Speech; language; testimony.
- (obsolete) A wry face; a grimace; a mow.
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
- Counterfeit sad looks, / Make mouths upon me when I turn my back.
- See also Thesaurus:mouth
- French: bouche (human), gueule (animal)
- Gallo: góll, goule
- German: Mund, Maul (of animals), Gosche/Gosch/Gusche
- Italian: bocca
- Portuguese: boca
- Russian: рот
- Spanish: boca
- French: embouchure
- Italian: imboccatùra, imbócco
- Portuguese: boca, entrada, orifício
- Russian: отве́рстие
- Spanish: boca, entrada, desembocadura, orificio
- French: embouchure
- German: Mündung
- Italian: foce
- Portuguese: foz, embocadura
- Russian: у́стье
- Spanish: desembocadura
mouth (mouths, present participle mouthing; past and past participle mouthed)
- (transitive) To speak; to utter.
- He mouthed his opinions on the subject at the meeting.
- mouthing big phrases
- (transitive) To make the actions of speech, without producing sound.
- The prompter mouthed the words to the actor, who had forgotten them.
- (transitive) To utter with a voice that is overly loud or swelling.
- (transitive) To pick up or handle with the lips or mouth, but not chew or swallow.
- The fish mouthed the lure, but didn't bite.
- (obsolete) To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour.
- (obsolete) To form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear licks her cub.
- (obsolete) To make mouths at.