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.

Origin: 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 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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