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Spout

spout
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.


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