• IPA: /spaʊt/
  • (Canada) IPA: /spʌʊt/

spout (plural spouts)

  1. A tube or lip through which liquid or steam is poured or discharged.
    I dropped my china teapot, and its spout broke.
  2. A stream of liquid.
    • 2010, James Fleming, Cold Blood (page 160)
      A spout of blood flew from his mouth, spattering Smichov's linen trousers.
  3. The mixture of air and water thrown up from the blowhole of a whale.
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spout (spouts, present participle spouting; past and past participle spouted)

  1. (intransitive) To gush forth in a jet or stream
    Water spouts from a hole.
  2. (ambitransitive) To eject water or liquid in a jet.
    The whale spouted.
    • 1697, Thomas Creech, The Whale
      The mighty whale […] spouts the tide.
  3. (intransitive) To speak tediously or pompously.
  4. (transitive) To utter magniloquently; to recite in an oratorical or pompous manner.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Coxcomb”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 4, scene 4:
      Pray, spout some French, son.
  5. (transitive, slang, dated) To pawn; to pledge.
    to spout a watch
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