Spout (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spouted; p. pr. & vb. n. Spouting.] [Cf. Sw. sputa, spruta, to spout, D. spuit a spout, spuiten to spout, and E. spurt, sprit, v., sprout, sputter; or perhaps akin to E. spit to eject from the mouth.]

1.

To throw out forcibly and abudantly, as liquids through an office or a pipe; to eject in a jet; as, an elephant spouts water from his trunk.

Who kept Jonas in the fish's maw Till he was spouted up at Ninivee? Chaucer.

Next on his belly floats the mighty whale . . . He spouts the tide. Creech.

2.

To utter magniloquently; to recite in an oratorical or pompous manner.

Pray, spout some French, son. Beau. & Fl.

3.

To pawn; to pledge; as, spout a watch.

[Cant]

 

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Spout, v. i.

1.

To issue with with violence, or in a jet, as a liquid through a narrow orifice, or from a spout; as, water spouts from a hole; blood spouts from an artery.

All the glittering hill Is bright with spouting rills. Thomson.

2.

To eject water or liquid in a jet.

3.

To utter a speech, especially in a pompous manner.

 

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Spout, n. [Cf. Sw. spruta a squirt, a syringe. See Spout, v. t.]

1.

That through which anything spouts; a discharging lip, pipe, or orifice; a tube, pipe, or conductor of any kind through which a liquid is poured, or by which it is conveyed in a stream from one place to another; as, the spout of a teapot; a spout for conducting water from the roof of a building.

Addison. "A conduit with three issuing spouts." Shak.

In whales . . . an ejection thereof [water] is contrived by a fistula, or spout, at the head. Sir T. Browne.

From silver spouts the grateful liquors glide. Pope.

2.

A trough for conducting grain, flour, etc., into a receptacle.

3.

A discharge or jet of water or other liquid, esp. when rising in a column; also, a waterspout.

To put, shove, ∨ pop, up the spout, to pawn or pledge at a pawnbroker's; -- in allusion to the spout up which the pawnbroker sent the ticketed articles. [Cant]

 

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