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[spout] /spaʊt/
verb (used with object)
to emit or discharge forcibly (a liquid, granulated substance, etc.) in a stream or jet.
Informal. to state or declaim volubly or in an oratorical manner:
He spouted his theories on foreign policy for the better part of the night.
verb (used without object)
to discharge, as a liquid, in a jet or continuous stream.
to issue forth with force, as liquid or other material through a narrow orifice.
Informal. to talk or speak at some length or in an oratorical manner.
a pipe, tube, or liplike projection through or by which a liquid is discharged, poured, or conveyed.
a trough or shoot for discharging or conveying grain, flour, etc.
a continuous stream of liquid, granulated substance, etc., discharged from or as if from a pipe, tube, shoot, etc.
a spring of water.
a downpour or fall, especially of water, from a high place; waterfall.
a dumbwaiter or chute, formerly common in pawnbrokers' shops, by which articles pawned were sent to another floor for storage.
British Slang. pawnshop.
up the spout, British Slang.
  1. pawned.
  2. in a desperate situation; beyond help:
    His financial affairs are up the spout.
Origin of spout
1300-50; (v.) Middle English spouten; cognate with Dutch spuiten; akin to Old Norse spȳta to spit1; (noun) Middle English spowt(e) pipe, akin to the noun
Related forms
spouter, noun
spoutless, adjective
spoutlike, adjective
3, 4. squirt, stream, pour. See flow. 5. declaim, rant, harangue, speechify. 6. nozzle, nose. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for spout


to discharge (a liquid) in a continuous jet or in spurts, esp through a narrow gap or under pressure, or (of a liquid) to gush thus
(of a whale, etc) to discharge air through the blowhole, so that it forms a spray at the surface of the water
(informal) to utter (a stream of words) on a subject, often at length
a tube, pipe, chute, etc, allowing the passage or pouring of liquids, grain, etc
a continuous stream or jet of liquid
short for waterspout
(slang) up the spout
  1. ruined or lost: any hope of rescue is right up the spout
  2. pregnant
Derived Forms
spouter, noun
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch spouten, from Old Norse spyta to spit
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Word Origin and History for spout

early 14c., related to Middle Dutch spoiten "to spout," North Frisian spütji "spout, squirt," Swedish sputa "to spout," and probably Middle Dutch spuwen "to spit" (see spew). Meaning "to talk, declaim" is recorded from 1610s.


late 14c., from spout (v.). It was the slang term for the lift in a pawnbroker's shop, up which articles were taken for storage, hence figurative phrase up the spout "lost, hopeless, gone beyond recall" (1812).

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