mouth

mouth
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 structure, in the head of any of the higher animals which contains the teeth and tongue and through which sounds are uttered
2.
a) the mouth regarded as the organ of chewing and tasting
b) the mouth regarded as the organ of speech
3. a person or animal regarded as a being needing food [six mouths to feed]
4. the lips, or the part of the face surrounding the lips
5. a wry expression of the face; grimace: now only in the phrase make mouths (or a mouth) at
6. any opening regarded as like the mouth; specif.,
a) the part of a river, stream, etc. where the water empties into another body of water
b) the opening into the earth of a cave, volcano, tunnel, etc.
c) the opening of a container, through which it is filled or emptied
d) the front opening in the barrel of a gun
e) the opening between the jaws of a vise, etc.
f) the opening between the lips of an organ pipe
g) the opening in a flute across which the player blows
vt.
1.
a) to say, esp. in an affected, oratorical, or insincere manner; declaim
b) to form (a word) with the mouth soundlessly
2. to take or put into the mouth
3. to caress or rub with the mouth or lips
4. to train (a horse) to become accustomed to the bit
vi.
1. to speak in an affected or oratorical manner; declaim
2. Rare to make a wry face by twisting the mouth; grimace
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down in the mouth or down at the mouth
Informal depressed; unhappy; discouraged
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give mouth to
Now Rare to express in speech; say
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have a big mouth
Slang to have a tendency to mouth off
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☆ mouth off Slang
to talk loudly, excessively, indiscreetly, or impudently
mouther [mouth′ər]
n.
mouthless
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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 — ► 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|y — «MOW thee, thee», adjective, mouth|i|er, mouth|i|est. loud mouthed; using many words to say little; ranting; bombastic: »He…was prone to be mouthy and magniloquent ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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|er — «MOW thuhr», noun. a person who mouths; long winded talker …   Useful english dictionary

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