mouth
I. noun (plural mouths) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mūth; akin to Old High German mund mouth and perhaps to Latin mentum chin Date: before 12th century 1. a. the natural opening through which food passes into the body of an animal and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth b. grimace <
made a mouth
>
c. an individual requiring food <
had too many mouths to feed
>
2. a. voice, speech <
finally gave mouth to her feelings
>
b. mouthpiece 3a c. (1) a tendency to excessive talk (2) saucy or disrespectful language ; impudence 3. something that resembles a mouth especially in affording entrance or exit: as a. the place where a stream enters a larger body of water b. the surface opening of an underground cavity c. the opening of a container d. an opening in the side of an organ flue pipe • mouthlike adjective II. Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. speak, pronounce b. to utter bombastically ; declaim c. to repeat without comprehension or sincerity <
always mouthing platitudes
>
d. to form soundlessly with the lips <
the librarian mouthed the word “quiet”
>
e. to utter indistinctly ; mumble <
mouthed his words
>
2. to take into the mouth; especially eat intransitive verb 1. a. to talk pompously ; rant — often used with off b. to talk insolently or impudently — usually used with off 2. to move the mouth especially so as to make faces • mouther noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
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  • Mouth — (mouth), n.; pl. {Mouths} (mou[th]z). [OE. mouth, mu[thorn], AS. m[=u][eth]; akin to D. mond, OS. m[=u][eth], G. mund, Icel. mu[eth]r, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth. mun[thorn]s, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil mouth, muzzle, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mouth — [mouth; ] for v. [ mouth] n. pl. mouths [mouthz] [ME < OE muth, akin to Ger mund < IE base * menth , to chew > Gr masasthai, L mandere, to chew] 1. the opening through which an animal takes in food; specif., the cavity, or the entire… …   English World dictionary

  • mouth — ► NOUN 1) the opening in the body of most animals through which food is taken and sounds are emitted. 2) an opening or entrance to a structure that is hollow, concave, or almost completely enclosed. 3) the place where a river enters the sea. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mouth — Mouth, v. i. 1. To speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to vociferate; to rant. [1913 Webster] I ll bellow out for Rome, and for my country, And mouth at C[ae]sar, till I shake the senate. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To put mouth to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mouth — [n1] opening aperture, beak, box, cavity, chops*, clam, crevice, delta, door, embouchement, entrance, estuary, firth, fly trap, funnel, gate, gills, gob, harbor, inlet, jaws, kisser*, lips, mush*, orifice, portal, rim, trap*, yap*; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • mouth — index entrance, enunciate, express, phrase, recite, utter Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Mouth — Porté dans la Moselle, c est une forme francisée de Muth (voir ce nom) …   Noms de famille

  • mouth — is pronounced mowth as a noun (but plural mowdhz), and mowdh as a verb (also mowdhd in combinations such as foul mouthed) …   Modern English usage

  • mouth — mouth1 W1S2 [mauθ] n plural mouths [mauðz] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(face)¦ 2 keep your mouth shut 3 open your mouth 4 (you) watch your mouth 5¦(entrance)¦ 6¦(river)¦ 7¦(bottle/container)¦ 8 big m …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mouth — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, cavernous, enormous, huge, large, wide ▪ small, tiny ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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