Definition of spout in English:



  • 1A tube or lip projecting from a container, through which liquid can be poured.

    ‘a teapot with a chipped spout’
    • ‘The ‘fountain’ of Cacao is no baroque extravaganza but a simple vertical spout at the center of the pool of melted chocolate.’
    • ‘I found a used milker inflation tube fits snugly over a 1-quart plastic oil can and makes a pour spout for hard-to-reach transmissions on combines.’
    • ‘Worse still, because the button was on the side, you would naturally tilt the mug back, then open the spout, and the coffee volcano would erupt in your face.’
    • ‘By holding the container over the opening of the spray tank or holding tank while rinsing, the rinse water can be captured as it drains from the container spout.’
    • ‘A good number of dairy manufacturers still use cartons, many of which sport vivid colors and graphics along with convenient closures and spouts.’
    • ‘This modern, round building does resemble an upturned funnel with spout mounting to the heavens.’
    • ‘Previously, we packaged our product in a paperboard carton that had a pour spout with a screw-on cap.’
    • ‘There was steam hissing from a dozen little spouts and a thick green gas hid the floor.’
    • ‘Once the boxes are filled, a pour spout is installed on the top of the package.’
    • ‘‘Instead of a spout in the center, it is on the corner, making it easier to tip and pour, as opposed to lifting the bottle and turning it on its side to pour,’ says Ayers.’
    • ‘We bought 80 used galvanized buckets with covers and spouts from a sugarmaker who had changed from traditional buckets to plastic pipeline.’
    • ‘Oftentimes, the only thing binding these teapots together is the fact that they each have a handle, spout and lid.’
    • ‘Paper gable-top cartons are filled and sealed with advanced equipment that uses extended shelf-life technology and has the capability of applying convenient pour spouts to half-gallon cartons.’
    nozzle, lip, rose
    sparkler, spile
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  • 2A stream of liquid issuing from somewhere with great force.

    ‘the tall spouts of geysers’
    • ‘After a quick ineffectual glance up at Anderson's house, she ran towards the driveway, splashing spouts of mud and rainwater up at her jeans.’
    stream, spurt, squirt, spray, fountain
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    1. 2.1The plume of water vapour ejected from the blowhole of a whale.
      ‘the spout of an occasional whale’
      • ‘When you're not scanning the ocean with your binoculars for a whale spout to the west, you can watch squirrels and birds scamper about to the east.’
      • ‘It is last seen pursuing a wave that the men aboard have mistaken for a whale spout.’
      • ‘Not long after this, the Jungfrau lowers boats again; they have seen the spout of a Fin Back, a whale impossible to capture due to its swimming speed, and mistake it for a Sperm Whale.’
      • ‘It is dangerous to approach the thing too closely, but Ishmael hypothesizes that the spout is nothing but mist, the effect of a whale thinking about Eternity.’
      • ‘But although the ship moves quickly, and the men are eager to find the whale making the spout, they are unable to see it again.’
  • 3A pipe or trough through which water may be carried away or from which it can flow out.

    • ‘Outcroppings on both sides of the building serve as drain spouts.’
    • ‘Kids just love climbing along and jumping into water spouts, especially if the spouts are sometimes unpredictable.’
    • ‘Roofs are of corrugated iron drained by copper spouts and downpipes.’
    • ‘The arms of the double-row colonnade embrace a circular fountain with a brass spout cast from an old terra-cotta finial on the nearby Wrigley Building, one of Chicago's most cherished older buildings.’
    1. 3.1A sloping trough for conveying grain, coal, etc. to a lower level; a chute.
    2. 3.2historical A lift in a pawnshop used to convey pawned items up for storage.


  • 1Send out (liquid) forcibly in a stream.

    ‘volcanoes spouted ash and lava’
    propel, project, send forth, eject, deliver, discharge, fire, shoot, blast, catapult, launch, release, force, push, impel, ram
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    1. 1.1[no object, with adverbial](of a liquid) flow out forcibly in a stream.
      ‘blood was spouting from the cuts on my hand’
      spurt, gush, spew, pour, stream, rush, erupt, surge, shoot, pump, squirt, spray, flow, issue
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    2. 1.2(of a whale or dolphin) eject (water vapour and air) through its blowhole.
      • ‘The artist's contribution was another flag installation - the old South African flag and the ANC flag knotted together, placed in a fountain in the center of Paris that had dolphins and lions spouting water.’
  • 2Express (one's views or ideas) in a lengthy, declamatory, and unreflecting way.

    ‘he was spouting platitudes about our furry friends’
    • ‘Mr. Kudlow and the bulls can spout propaganda all they want, but it is not going to change underlying fundamentals.’
    • ‘It may be that, as one character spouts, ‘All we ever really own in life is our pain,’ but you have to feel it to own it.’
    • ‘Billy's father Stan is a quiet character, who nonetheless often spouts unintentionally humorous lines.’
    • ‘And the next time your friend spouts off about how smart he is at booking travel, suggest that there might be an opening in the reservation center of the Web service you're using.’
    • ‘She spouts fountains of ridiculous psychobabble but has the firmest grasp on reality.’
    • ‘He just spouts Marxist platitudes and courts his women in a thoroughly conventional way.’
    • ‘Constantly bemoaning his lot, he spouts an endless supply of cruel put-downs, although few of them have much effect.’
    • ‘I think when you bump into people who like to spout off, you intuitively know it's coming from some inner hurt.’
    • ‘So when Andy got a chance to spout off about farming on the local NPR station, he jumped.’
    • ‘However, I am underqualified to spout off about them in any depth.’
    • ‘While the attendant is gone, Macbeth spouts off about the danger that Banquo poses to Macbeth's position as king.’
    • ‘When you're speaking on behalf of other people you cease to be spouting your own views.’
    • ‘There's more than one occasion that will have most people smirking if not laughing while listening to the young Larry spout out terribly embarrassing or inappropriate statements.’
    • ‘How else would he have learned to spout such preposterous notions as universal love?’
    • ‘You are relegated to spouting opinion, and nothing more.’
    • ‘It would be silly for me to contend that only professional economists should comment upon economics: I am not a professional economist myself, and I'll spout off on the subject at the drop of a hat.’
    • ‘I don't care if I'm spouting clichés, because that's the way it was.’
    • ‘On two continents, they incontinently spout platitudes, nonsense, tall tales, or pseudopoetic fantasies.’
    • ‘Will you please flail around like a zombie and spout gibberish in one of the worst fantasy movies ever?’
    • ‘With all this in mind, I wish I liked the film more, but even nine years on, Jesse and Celine still strike me as a pair of self-involved, faux intellectuals spouting empty platitudes.’
    hold forth, sound off, go on, talk at length, expatiate, pontificate, declaim, orate, rant, sermonize
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Middle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch spouten, from an imitative base shared by Old Norse spýta to spit.