v. spout·ed, spout·ing, spouts
1. To gush forth in a rapid stream or in spurts: Water spouted from the faucet.
2. To discharge a liquid or other substance continuously or in spurts: whales spouting offshore.
3. To speak in a wordy, dull, or pompous manner: spouted on about how well-made the building was.
1. To discharge (a flowing or spurting liquid); release: The statue's mouth spouted water.
2. To utter in a wordy, dull, or pompous manner: spouted statistics to prove his point.
3. Chiefly British To pawn.
1. A tube, lip, or hole through which liquid is released or discharged: the spout of a teapot.
2. A continuous stream of liquid.
3. The burst of spray from the blowhole of a whale.
4. Chiefly British A pawnshop.
up the spout Chiefly British Slang
2. In difficulty.
[Middle English spouten, ultimately of imitative origin.]
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