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From Middle English spouten, from Middle Dutch spoiten, spouten (> Dutch spuiten (to spout)), of imitative origin. Compare Swedish spruta a squirt, a syringe. See also spit, spew.


spout (plural spouts)

  1. a tube or lip through which liquid is poured or discharged
    I dropped my china teapot, and its spout has broken.
  2. a stream of liquid
  3. the mixture of air and water thrown up from the blowhole of a whale

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (tube through which liquid is discharged): nozzle



spout (third-person singular simple present spouts, present participle spouting, simple past and past participle spouted)

  1. (intransitive) To gush forth in a jet or stream
    Water spouts from a hole.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To eject water or liquid in a jet.
    The whale spouted.
    • Creech
      The mighty whale [] spouts the tide.
  3. To speak tediously or pompously.
  4. To utter magniloquently; to recite in an oratorical or pompous manner.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      Pray, spout some French, son.
  5. (slang, dated) To pawn; to pledge.
    to spout a watch