A spout is the narrow opening in the edge of a container that makes it easier to neatly pour its contents. A pitcher's spout helps you direct your orange juice into your glass.

Some spouts are indentations or lips, and others — like the spout on a teapot — are tubes. Another meaning of spout is "gush suddenly in a stream." If you filled your teapot too full, tea might spout from its spout. When someone figuratively spouts, she talks in a loud, animated way. The verb form of spout came first, from a Proto-Germanic root that also spawned the Middle Dutch spoiten and the Swedish sputa, both also meaning spout.

Definitions of spout

v gush forth in a sudden stream or jet

gush, spirt, spurt
flow intermittently
spout moist air from the blowhole
gush or squirt out
Type of:
flow in a spurt

v talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

n an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain

a spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
nose, nozzle
a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged
a perforated nozzle that showers water on a bather
Type of:
a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

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