[noun mouth; verb mouth] /noun maʊθ; verb maʊð/
noun, plural mouths
[mouth z] /maʊðz/ (Show IPA)
the masticating and tasting apparatus.
a person or animal dependent on someone for sustenance:
another mouth to feed.
the oral opening or cavity considered as the source of vocal utterance.
utterance or expression:
to give mouth to one’s thoughts.
talk, especially loud, empty, or boastful talk:
That man is all mouth.
disrespectful talk or language; back talk; impudence.
a grimace made with the lips.
an opening leading out of or into any cavity or hollow place or thing:
the mouth of a cave; a bottle’s mouth.
the outfall at the lower end of a river or stream, where flowing water is discharged, as into a lake, sea, or ocean:
the mouth of the Nile.
the opening between the jaws of a vise or the like.
the lateral hole of an organ pipe.
the lateral blowhole of a flute.
verb (used with object)
to utter in a sonorous or pompous manner, or with excessive mouth movements:
to mouth a speech.
to form (a word, sound, etc.) with the lips without actually making an utterance:
She silently mouthed her answer so as not to wake her napping child.
to utter or pronounce softly and indistinctly; mumble:
Stop mouthing your words and speak up.
to put or take into the mouth, as food.
to press, rub, or chew at with the mouth or lips:
The dog mouthed the toys.
to accustom (a horse) to the use of the bit and bridle.
verb (used without object)
to speak sonorously and oratorically, or with excessive mouth movement.
to grimace with the lips.
mouth off, Slang.
down in / at the mouth, Informal. dejected; depressed; disheartened:
Ever since he lost his job, he has been looking very down in the mouth.
run off at the mouth, Informal. to talk incessantly or indiscreetly.
talk out of both sides of one’s mouth, to make contradictory or untruthful statements.
noun (maʊθ) (pl) mouths (maʊðz)
the opening through which many animals take in food and issue vocal sounds
the system of organs surrounding this opening, including the lips, tongue, teeth, etc
the visible part of the lips on the face related adjectives oral oscular
a person regarded as a consumer of food: four mouths to feed
verbal expression (esp in the phrase give mouth to)
a particular manner of speaking: a foul mouth
(informal) boastful, rude, or excessive talk: he is all mouth
the point where a river issues into a sea or lake
the opening of a container, such as a jar
the opening of or place leading into a cave, tunnel, volcano, etc
that part of the inner lip of a horse on which the bit acts, esp when specified as to sensitivity: a hard mouth
(music) the narrow slit in an organ pipe
the opening between the jaws of a vice or other gripping device
a pout; grimace
by word of mouth, orally rather than by written means
down in the mouth, down at the mouth, in low spirits
(informal) have a big mouth, open one’s big mouth, to speak indiscreetly, loudly, or excessively
keep one’s mouth shut, to keep a secret
put one’s money where one’s mouth is, to take appropriate action to support what one has said
put words into someone’s mouth
(informal) run off at the mouth, to talk incessantly, esp about unimportant matters
to speak or say (something) insincerely, esp in public
(transitive) to form (words) with movements of the lips but without speaking
(transitive) to accustom (a horse) to wearing a bit
(transitive) to take (something) into the mouth or to move (something) around inside the mouth
(intransitive) usually foll by at. to make a grimace
Old English muþ “mouth, opening, door, gate,” from Proto-Germanic *munthaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian muth, Old Norse munnr, Danish mund, Middle Dutch mont, Dutch mond, Old High German mund, German Mund, Gothic munþs “mouth”), with characteristic loss of nasal consonant in Old English (cf. tooth, goose, etc.), from PIE *mnto-s (cf. Latin mentum “chin”). In the sense of “outfall of a river” it is attested from late Old English; as the opening of anything with capacity (a bottle, cave, etc.) it is recorded from c.1200. Mouth-organ attested from 1660s.
c.1300, “to speak,” from mouth (n.). Related: Mouthed; mouthing. Old English had muðettan “to blab.”
n. pl. mouths (mouðz)
Impudence; backtalk; sass: I’ve had about enough of your mouth (1926+)
: They jounced and mouthed each other
bad-mouth, bigmouth, blow off one’s mouth, cotton mouth, foot-in-mouth disease, foulmouth, foulmouthed, from the horse’s mouth,loudmouth,motor-mouth,mushmouth, poor-mouth, ratchet-mouth, run off at the mouth, shoot off one’s mouth, smartmouth, watch one’s mouth, zip one’s lip
In addition to the idiom beginning with
noun A stupid person; moron; idiot: Some mouth-breather in the office told me it would be OK [1970s+; fr the noisy breathing of an adenoidal idiot]
adjective Stupid; moronic: If the dumb mouth-breathing bastards in the street only understood/ a quirky Canadian sport run by morons, played by barbarians, and watched by mouth-breathing, two-fisted slobbers (1970s+)
[mouth-bree-der] /ˈmaʊθˌbri dər/ noun 1. any of several fishes of the genera Tilapia and Haplochromis, that hatch and care for their young in the . 2. any of several fishes in various genera of the Anabantidae, Apogonidae, Cichlidae, and other teleost fish families that hold their eggs or young in their .
/ˈmaʊθˌbruːdə/ noun 1. any of various African cichlid fishes of the genera Tilapia Haplochromis that carry their eggs and young around in the mouth