mouth


mouth
mouth1 [ mauθ ] (plural mouths [ mauðz ] ) noun count ***
1. ) the part of your face below your nose that you use to eat and speak. The corners of your mouth are the two outside ends of it, and the inside top part of your mouth is called the roof:
She opened her mouth to speak.
I have a funny taste in my mouth.
a ) if your mouth waters, it produces saliva (=water) because you are about to eat something that you like:
She felt her mouth watering in anticipation of the meal.
=> MOUTHWATERING
2. ) someone who you have to provide food for:
How can the world support all these hungry mouths?
a mouth to feed: Now I have another mouth to feed.
3. ) the entrance to something such as a CAVE (=a hole in the side of a mountain) or tunnel
a ) the opening of a bottle or other container
4. ) the place where a river is widest and joins the ocean
be all mouth INFORMAL
to say things just to impress people and not really intend to do the things you say
big mouth
used as a criticism of someone when they say things they should not:
You should have kept your big mouth shut.
I didn't realize it was a secret. Me and my big mouth!
She's such a big mouth!
down in the mouth INFORMAL
unhappy
keep your mouth shut INFORMAL
1. ) to not tell anyone about something:
She hoped Jason would keep his mouth shut about her problems.
2. ) to not say anything:
When she starts talking about marriage, I just keep my mouth shut.
open your mouth
to speak:
She didn't open her mouth once during the meal.
mouth
mouth 2 [ mauð ] verb transitive
1. ) to form words with your mouth but not make any sound:
She mouthed something I couldn't make out.
2. ) to say something without really meaning or understanding what you say:
mouth platitudes (=comments that are not original): You listen to the same people mouthing platitudes about our educational system being the best in the world.
,mouth `off phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL
to give your opinions about something in a very annoying way, especially when you are complaining or criticizing something:
He's always mouthing off about how terrible he thinks everything is.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

Synonyms:
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  • Mouth — (mouth), n.; pl. {Mouths} (mou[th]z). [OE. mouth, mu[thorn], AS. m[=u][eth]; akin to D. mond, OS. m[=u][eth], G. mund, Icel. mu[eth]r, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth. mun[thorn]s, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil mouth, muzzle, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mouth — [mouth; ] for v. [ mouth] n. pl. mouths [mouthz] [ME < OE muth, akin to Ger mund < IE base * menth , to chew > Gr masasthai, L mandere, to chew] 1. the opening through which an animal takes in food; specif., the cavity, or the entire… …   English World dictionary

  • mouth — ► NOUN 1) the opening in the body of most animals through which food is taken and sounds are emitted. 2) an opening or entrance to a structure that is hollow, concave, or almost completely enclosed. 3) the place where a river enters the sea. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Mouth — (mou[th]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mouthed} (mou[th]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Mouthing}.] 1. To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter with a voice affectedly big or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mouth — Mouth, v. i. 1. To speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to vociferate; to rant. [1913 Webster] I ll bellow out for Rome, and for my country, And mouth at C[ae]sar, till I shake the senate. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To put mouth to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mouth|y — «MOW thee, thee», adjective, mouth|i|er, mouth|i|est. loud mouthed; using many words to say little; ranting; bombastic: »He…was prone to be mouthy and magniloquent ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • mouth — [n1] opening aperture, beak, box, cavity, chops*, clam, crevice, delta, door, embouchement, entrance, estuary, firth, fly trap, funnel, gate, gills, gob, harbor, inlet, jaws, kisser*, lips, mush*, orifice, portal, rim, trap*, yap*; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • mouth — index entrance, enunciate, express, phrase, recite, utter Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Mouth — Porté dans la Moselle, c est une forme francisée de Muth (voir ce nom) …   Noms de famille

  • mouth — is pronounced mowth as a noun (but plural mowdhz), and mowdh as a verb (also mowdhd in combinations such as foul mouthed) …   Modern English usage

  • mouth|er — «MOW thuhr», noun. a person who mouths; long winded talker …   Useful english dictionary