Meaning of MOUTH in English

I. ˈmau̇th noun

( plural mouths ˈmau̇thz also -au̇z sometimes -au̇ths; -au̇ths especially in compounds whose meaning is “something having a certain kind of mouth,” as “blabbermouth” )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mūth; akin to Old High German mund mouth, Old Norse munnr, muthr, Gothic munths mouth, Latin mandere to chew, Greek masasthai to chew, mastax mouth, jaws


a. : the opening through which food passes into the body of an animal ; specifically : the orifice in the head of higher vertebrates bounded by the lips or jaws

b. : the cavity bounded externally by the lips or jaws and internally by the pharynx or gullet that encloses in the typical vertebrate the tongue, gums, and teeth : the buccal cavity

c. : the structures enclosing or lying within the mouth cavity regarded as a whole

the dog seized the bone in his mouth

my mouth is sore


a. : the lips as a feature of the face

kissed her on the mouth

b. : grimace 1

make a mouth

c. : response to guiding pressure on the bit — used of a horse

a well-trained horse has a good mouth

d. : an individual requiring food

carnivora … keep down the number of useless mouths by killing off practically all the weak and aged — James Stevenson-Hamilton


(1) : the salivary glands

pastry that makes one's mouth water

(2) : the organs of taste : palate

had my mouth all set for oysters

f. obsolete : a threatening vicinity

we unawares run into danger's mouth — John Milton


a. archaic : oral communication : tongue

learned … his faith from the mouth of the Roman priest — Mark Pattison

b. obsolete : a means of utterance

the midnight bell did with his … brazen mouth sound on — Shakespeare

c. : the baying of a dog

the musical mouth of a hound on the scent


a. : one that speaks : voice

with all the mouths of Rome to second you — Joseph Addison

through the mouth of his chancellor … made an unusual demand — R.W.Southern

b. archaic : an oral interchange : conversation

the names … were in many mouths — T.B.Macaulay


(1) : a pronouncement attributed to someone

artificial speeches placed in the mouths of historical figures — R.A.Hall b. 1911

(2) : expression in words : speech

names came up … and she might remember them in her father's mouth — Padraic Fallon


(1) : mouthpiece 3a

he is the mouth … of the House in its relations with the Crown — T.E.May

(2) archaic : a gullible person : dupe

the whole gang will be … watching an opportunity to make a mouth of you — Charles Cotton

e. archaic

(1) : a frame of reference : view

in a Roman mouth , the graceful name of prophet and of poet was the same — William Cowper

(2) : a sphere of authority : province

does it lie in the mouth of members of that government to taunt the … party with having no policy — Randolph Churchill


(1) : a tendency to excessive talk : volubility

he is not all mouth … he gets results — Time

— often modified by big

now you've spilled the beans, you and your big mouth

(2) : saucy or disrespectful language : impudence , back talk

just don't take any mouth from him — Jackson Burgess

5. : something that resembles a mouth: as


(1) : the place where a tributary enters a larger stream or body of water

(2) : the entrance to a harbor

(3) : the place where a valley or gorge begins

(4) : the place where a side street enters a main thoroughfare

b. : the surface outlet of an underground shaft or passageway

mouth of a well

mouth of a mine

mouth of a volcano

mouths of all underdrains should be looked to — Adrian Bell

arriving at the mouth of the burrow he lay down — J.T.McNish

c. : the opening at the receiving end of a container

mouth of a pocket

mouth of a bottle

mouth of a fisherman's trawl

specifically : the curved portion of a hook between the bill and the shank


(1) : the opening in a metallurgical furnace through which it is charged

(2) : taphole

(3) : any of several furnaces in a pottery kiln each connected by a flue to a central opening in the oven

(4) : the opening in a covered glass pot

e. : the space between the cutting or gripping edges of a tool (as a vise)

f. : the muzzle of a piece of ordnance

charged right up into the mouths of those cannon — F.B.Gipson

the mouth of the automatic pressed closer against the back in the light overcoat — Kay Boyle

g. : the space in front of the cutter of a carpenter's plane through which the shavings pass


(1) : the open end of a wind instrument (as a horn)

(2) : an opening (as in a flute) across which the player blows

(3) : the opening between the lips of an organ flue pipe

i. : the summit of the tube of a corolla

j. : the opening of a univalve shell

k. architecture : scotia

- a poor mouth

- down in the mouth

- from mouth to mouth

- full mouth

- on the wrong side of one's mouth

II. ˈmau̇th verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English mouthen, from mouth, n.

transitive verb


a. : to give utterance to : speak , pronounce

taught to mouth the word cow — Don Murray

glibly mouthed by so many people — Edna Ferber

only mouths words in talking about the need for faith — R.W.Flint

b. : to utter sententiously or bombastically

mouthing big phrases to hide little thought — Bruce Marshall

mouthing sonorous Virgil — Robert Keable

c. : to form soundlessly with the lips

mouthing the words, “this is what she thinks is tea” — Jean Stafford


a. : to take into the mouth

he keeps them … in the corner of his jaw, first mouthed to be last swallowed — Shakespeare

especially : eat

mouthed down a square of cheese — Norman Mailer

b. : to work over with the mouth or teeth

mouthing the eggs and young for oxygenation purposes — L.P.Schultz

specifically : mangle

a crooked … little man who had been mouthed by a whale — R.M.Lovett


a. : to accustom (a horse) to the bridle and bit

a horse must be carefully mouthed before he is taught to jump

b. : to examine the teeth of (a horse or sheep) especially as a means of estimating age

sheepmen always mouth … sheep they are about to buy, to see if the age is as represented — Lamb Production

4. : to swage the top of (a metal can) to receive the cover

intransitive verb


a. : to express oneself in speech : talk , recite

go around annoying people by mouthing to yourself — W.R.Benét

juvenile mouthing of the multiplication tables

b. : to speak bombastically or angrily : declaim , rail

the bad old tradition of mouthing and ranting to bring … characters to life — Vernon Jarratt

c. : to divulge information : tell

wasn't going to have him mouth around the countryside that I had the stove for my own personal comfort — Michael McLaverty

2. obsolete : to caress with the lips : kiss

the duke … would mouth with a beggar, though she smelt brown bread and garlic — Shakespeare


a. : to make faces : grimace

the children were giggling, bubbling, mouthing — Alexander Saxton

b. : to move the lips silently

the octopus roped down from his hand, suckers still faintly mouthing — Norman Lewis

4. : to issue into a larger body of water : debouch — used of a tributary

where does this creek mouth

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