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Definition of spout verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spout
    he / she / it spouts
    past simple spouted
    -ing form spouting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to send out something, especially a liquid, in a stream with great force; to come out of something in this way synonym pour spout something (from something) The wound was still spouting blood. The geyser spouted huge columns of water from the ground. spout from/out of something Clear water spouted from the fountains.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a whale) to send out a stream of water from a hole in its head
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] (informal) (disapproving) to speak a lot about something; to repeat something in a boring or annoying way spout (off/on) (about something) He's always spouting off about being a vegetarian. What are you spouting on about now? spout something He could spout poetry for hours. She could do nothing but spout insults. The article was full of the usual clichés spouted by fashion editors.
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