Definition of spout verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    spout

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//spaʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spaʊt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spout
    BrE BrE//spaʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spaʊt//
     
    he / she / it spouts
    BrE BrE//spaʊts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spaʊts//
     
    past simple spouted
    BrE BrE//ˈspaʊtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaʊtɪd//
     
    past participle spouted
    BrE BrE//ˈspaʊtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaʊtɪd//
     
    -ing form spouting
    BrE BrE//ˈspaʊtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaʊtɪŋ//
     
     
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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.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch spouten, from an imitative base shared by Old Norse spýta ‘to spit’.
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