One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Especially of a container or receptacle: having a wide opening.
2Of a person or animal: having a wide mouth.
3Having the mouth wide open, or opening the mouth wide, in order to eat or swallow; (hence) voracious, devouring, destructive.
4Of a person.
5Of a person's verbal or facial expression, emotion, etc.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Becon (1512/13–1567), theologian and Church of England clergyman. From wide + mouthed.
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