Definition of spout in English:


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Pronunciation: /spaʊt


  • 1A tube or lip projecting from a container, through which liquid can be poured: a teapot with a chipped spout
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    • 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.
    • Previously, we packaged our product in a paperboard carton that had a pour spout with a screw-on cap.
    • Once the boxes are filled, a pour spout is installed on the top of the package.
    nozzle, lip, rose
    technical sparkler, spile
  • 2A stream of liquid issuing from somewhere with great force: the tall spouts of geysers
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    • 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.
  • 2.1The plume of water vapour ejected from the blowhole of a whale: the spout of an occasional whale
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • It is last seen pursuing a wave that the men aboard have mistaken for a whale spout.
  • 3A pipe or trough through which water may be carried away or from which it can flow out.
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    • 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.
    • Roofs are of corrugated iron drained by copper spouts and downpipes.
    • Kids just love climbing along and jumping into water spouts, especially if the spouts are sometimes unpredictable.
  • 3.1A sloping trough for conveying grain, coal, etc. to a lower level; a chute.
  • 3.2 historical A lift in a pawnshop used to convey pawned items up for storage.


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  • 1Send out (liquid) forcibly in a stream: volcanoes spouted ash and lava
  • 1.1 [no object, with adverbial] (Of a liquid) flow out forcibly in a stream: blood was spouting from the cuts on my hand
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    spurt, gush, spew, pour, stream, rush, erupt, surge, shoot, pump, squirt, spray, flow, issue; disgorge, discharge, emit, belch forth
  • 1.2(Of a whale or dolphin) eject (water vapour and air) through its blowhole.
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    • 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.


put something up the spout

British informal , • dated Pawn something.

up the spout

British informal
  • 1No longer working or likely to be useful or successful: his petrol gauge is up the spout
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    • Now, with the roads clogged, the trains up the spout and hot desking presenting a daily strain of competing for your actual workstation, the thought of staying at home to work has never been more appealing.
    • Of course, the alternative is that the authorities turn a blind eye to drug use in brothels, and then your whole criminal justice system goes up the spout.
    • By the time you have eventually caught one, appointments in town have been missed and one's careful planning for the day has gone up the spout.
  • 2(Of a woman) pregnant.
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    • ‘I'm up the spout so you'd better hike child benefit,’ were not the words used, which is a pity as it would have livened things up a little.
    • I hear Daly is now up the spout through her unholy union with Kaye.
    • Turn again to this lot, and their sympathetic reaction to some self-proclaimed religious freak who has been put up the spout out of wedlock.
  • 3(Of a bullet or cartridge) in the barrel of a gun and ready to be fired.
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    • Fully loaded with its seven-round magazine, plus one up the spout, the P - 32 weighs a feathery 9.4 ounces, yet packs respectable firepower that can be unleashed with a pull of its DAO trigger.
    • There's a full mag and empty chamber, and I recommend one up the spout until we cross the river.
    • Any time an armed officer perceived sufficient danger to draw the gun, he or she would chamber a round if there wasn't one up the spout already.





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  • A response one of my Zen teachers often used when confronted by an emptiness spouter was: ‘Does emptiness feel pain?’
  • What really interests me about rhetoric like this is that the spouter sees homosexuality as a vice; by that he is intimating that it is a very bad thing, and the choice of the weak, but also it is enjoyable.
  • If you still prefer the soil-less method, I would encourage you to invest in a spouter that has multiple layers and trays with drainage holes.


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  • The use of the spoutless cup should continue for 3 weeks also.
  • In a spoutless container, the blade extends from the top lip horizontally inside the container for up to two inches, then diagonally down to the inside of the container.
  • What are those sets of handleless saucepans and of spoutless teapots?


Middle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch spouten, from an imitative base shared by Old Norse spýta 'to spit'.

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