Mouthing
Mouth Mouth (mou[th]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mouthed} (mou[th]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Mouthing}.] 1. To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To utter with a voice affectedly big or swelling; to speak in a strained or unnaturally sonorous manner; as, mouthing platitudes. ``Mouthing big phrases.'' --Hare. [1913 Webster]

Mouthing out his hollow oes and aes. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. To form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear her cub. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

4. To make mouths at. [R.] --R. Blair. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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