mouth


mouth
noun /maʊθ / (say mowth) (plural mouths /maʊðz / (say mowdhz))

1. the opening through which an animal takes in food, or the cavity containing or the parts including the masticating apparatus.
2. the masticating and tasting apparatus.
3. a person or other animal as requiring food.
4. the oral opening or cavity considered as the source of vocal utterance.
5. a grimace made with the lips.
6. an opening leading out of or into any cavity or hollow place or thing: the mouth of a cave.
7. a part of a river or the like where its waters are discharged into some other body of water: the mouth of the Nile.
8. the opening between the jaws of a vice or the like.
9. the lateral hole of an organ pipe.
10. the lateral blowhole of a flute.
11. Colloquial someone who talks volubly and at great length.
verb (t) /maʊð / (say mowdh)
12. to utter in a sonorous, oratorical, or pompous manner, or with unnecessarily noticeable use of the mouth or lips.
13. to put or take into the mouth, as food.
14. to press, rub, or mumble with the mouth or lips.
15. to accustom (a horse) to the use of the bit and bridle.
16. to examine the teeth of (a sheep) to determine its age.
17. to form (words) with the lips, uttering no sound.
verb (i) /maʊð / (say mowdh)
18. to speak or declaim sonorously and oratorically, or with mouthing of the words.
19. to grimace with the lips.
phrase
20. be all mouth and trousers, Colloquial (derogatory) (of a man) to be loud-mouthed and flashy.
21. by word of mouth, orally, as opposed to in writing.
22. down in the mouth, depressed; unhappy.
23. give mouth to, to utter; speak: to give mouth to one's thoughts.
24. keep one's mouth shut, Colloquial
a. to refrain from talking: you can keep your mouth shut!
b. to keep information secret: he knows how to keep his mouth shut.
25. mouth off, Colloquial to release pent-up emotions of anger or frustration by speaking wildly or abusively.
26. put one's money where one's mouth is, Colloquial to give financial support to a cause, project, etc., which one has openly expressed belief in.
27. run off at the mouth, Colloquial to talk loosely and unguardedly.
28. shut one's big mouth, Colloquial to cease disclosing information.
29. shut one's mouth, Colloquial to be quiet.
{Middle English; Old English mūth}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
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