What does Mouth mean?

Definitions for Mouth
maʊθ; maʊðmouth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima orisnoun

    the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge

    "he stuffed his mouth with candy"

  2. mouthnoun

    the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening

    "she wiped lipstick from her mouth"

  3. mouthnoun

    an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge)

    "he rode into the mouth of the canyon"; "they built a fire at the mouth of the cave"

  4. mouthnoun

    the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water

    "New York is at the mouth of the Hudson"

  5. mouthnoun

    a person conceived as a consumer of food

    "he has four mouths to feed"

  6. mouthpiece, mouthnoun

    a spokesperson (as a lawyer)

  7. sass, sassing, backtalk, back talk, lip, mouthnoun

    an impudent or insolent rejoinder

    "don't give me any of your sass"

  8. mouthverb

    the opening of a jar or bottle

    "the jar had a wide mouth"

  9. talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbaliseverb

    express in speech

    "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

  10. mouthverb

    articulate silently; form words with the lips only

    "She mouthed a swear word"

  11. mouthverb

    touch with the mouth


  1. mouthnoun

    The opening of a creature through which food is ingested.

    "Open your mouth and say 'aah'," directed the doctor.

  2. mouthnoun

    The end of a river out of which water flows.

    The mouth of the river is a good place to go birdwatching in spring and autumn.

  3. mouthnoun

    An outlet, aperture or orifice.

    The mouth of a cave

  4. mouthnoun

    A loud or overly talkative person.

    My kid sister is a real mouth; she never shuts up.

  5. mouthverb

    To speak about something.

    He mouthed his opinions on the subject at the meeting.

  6. mouthverb

    To make the actions of speech, without producing sound.

    The prompter mouthed the words to the actor, who had forgotten them.

  7. mouthverb

    To pick up or handle with the lips or mouth, but not chew or swallow.

    The fish mouthed the lure, but didn't bite.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MOUTHnoun

    Etymology: muð , Saxon.

    The dove came in; and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf. Gen. viii. 11.

    There can be no reason given, why a visage somewhat longer, or a wider mouth, could not have consisted with a soul. John Locke.

    He came and lay at the mouth of the haven, daring them to fight. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    Set a candle lighted in the bottom of a bason of water, and turn the mouth of a glass over the candle, and it will make the water rise. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 889.

    The mouth is low and narrow; but, after having entered pretty far in, the grotto opens itself in an oval figure. Addison.

    The navigation of the Arabick gulf being more dangerous toward the bottom than the mouth, Ptolemy built Berenice at the entry of the gulf. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Riotous madness,
    To be entangled with these mouth-made vows,
    Which break themselves in swearing. William Shakespeare.

    Either our history shall with full mouth
    Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave,
    Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth,
    Not worshipp’d with a waxen epitaph. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. Gen. xxiv. 57.

    Every body’s mouth will be full on it for the first four days, and in four more the story will talk itself asleep. Roger L'Estrange.

    In the innocent age of the world, it was in every body’s mouth that the son was about to marry. Roger L'Estrange.

    Having frequently in our mouths the name eternity, we think we have a positive idea of it. John Locke.

    There is a certain sentence got into every man’s mouth, that God accepts the will for the deed. Robert South, Sermons.

    Every coffee-house has some particular statesman belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street where he lives. Add.

    Coward dogs
    Most spend their mouths, when what they seem to threaten
    Runs far before them. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    The boar
    Deals glancing wounds; the fearful dogs divide,
    All spend their mouth aloft, but none abide. Dryden.

    You don’t now thunder in the capitol,
    With all the mouths of Rome to second thee. Addison.

    Persevere, counterfeit sad looks,
    Make mouths upon me when I turn my back. William Shakespeare.

    Against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? Isa. lvii. 4.

    Why they should keep running asses at Coleshill, or how making mouths turns to account in Warwickshire more than any other parts of England, I cannot comprehend. Addison.

    But, upon bringing the net ashore, it proved to be only one great stone, and a few little fishes: upon this disappointment they were down in the mouth. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Mouthverb

    Speak the speech as I pronounced it, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it, I had as lieve the town-crier had spoke my lines. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Twitch’d by the sleeve he mouths it more and more,
    Till with white froth his gown is slaver’d o’er. Dryden.

    Corne carried let such as be poore go and glean,
    And after thy cattel to mouth it up clean. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

    Death lines his dead chaps with steel,
    The swords of soldiers are his teeth, his phangs;
    And now he feasts mouthing the flesh of men. William Shakespeare.

    He keeps them, like an apple, in the corner of his jaw; first mouth’d to be last swallow’d. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Lucilius never fear’d the times;
    Mutius and Lupus both by name he brought,
    He mouth’d them, and betwixt his grinders caught. Dryden.

    In regard the cub comes forth involved in the chorion, a thick membrane obscuring the formation, and which the dam doth after tear asunder; the beholder at first sight imputes the ensuing form to the mouthing of the dam. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err.

  3. To Mouthverb

    To speak big; to speak in a strong and loud voice; to vociferate.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Nay, an thou’lt mouth
    I’ll rant as well as thou. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    When Progne’s or Thyestes’ feast they write,
    And for the mouthing actor verse indite;
    Thou neither like a bellows swell’st thy face,
    Nor canst thou strain thy throat. John Dryden, Persius.

    I’ll bellow out for Rome, and for my country,
    And mouth at Cæsar till I shake the senate. Addison.


  1. Mouth

    In animal anatomy, the mouth, also known as the oral cavity, buccal cavity, or in Latin cavum oris, is the opening through which many animals take in food and issue vocal sounds. It is also the cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the pharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue and teeth. This cavity is also known as the buccal cavity, from the Latin bucca ("cheek").Some animal phyla, including vertebrates, have a complete digestive system, with a mouth at one end and an anus at the other. Which end forms first in ontogeny is a criterion used to classify animals into protostomes and deuterostomes.


  1. mouth

    Mouth is the physical opening in the face used for various functions such as eating, speaking, and breathing. It is formed by the lips, gums, teeth, and tongue, and serves as the primary entrance to the digestive and respiratory systems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mouthnoun

    the opening through which an animal receives food; the aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips and the pharynx; the buccal cavity

  2. Mouthnoun

    an opening affording entrance or exit; orifice; aperture;

  3. Mouthnoun

    the opening of a vessel by which it is filled or emptied, charged or discharged; as, the mouth of a jar or pitcher; the mouth of the lacteal vessels, etc

  4. Mouthnoun

    the opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit, well, or den

  5. Mouthnoun

    the opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it is discharged

  6. Mouthnoun

    the opening through which the waters of a river or any stream are discharged

  7. Mouthnoun

    the entrance into a harbor

  8. Mouthnoun

    the crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters the mouth of an animal

  9. Mouthnoun

    a principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a mouthpiece

  10. Mouthnoun

    cry; voice

  11. Mouthnoun

    speech; language; testimony

  12. Mouthnoun

    a wry face; a grimace; a mow

  13. Mouthverb

    to take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour

  14. Mouthverb

    to utter with a voice affectedly big or swelling; to speak in a strained or unnaturally sonorous manner

  15. Mouthverb

    to form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear her cub

  16. Mouthverb

    to make mouths at

  17. Mouthverb

    to speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to vociferate; to rant

  18. Mouthverb

    to put mouth to mouth; to kiss

  19. Mouthverb

    to make grimaces, esp. in ridicule or contempt

  20. Etymology: [OE. mouth, mu, AS. m; akin to D. mond, OS. m, G. mund, Icel. mur, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth. muns, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil mouth, muzzle, G. maul, OHG. mla, Icel. mli, and Skr. mukha mouth.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mouth

    mowth, n. the opening in the head of an animal by which it eats and utters sound: opening or entrance, as of a bottle, river, &c.: the instrument of speaking: a speaker: cry, voice, utterance: taste or flavour in the mouth: a wry face, a grimace:—pl. Mouths (mowthz).—ns. Mouth′-friend (Shak.), one who only professes friendship: Mouth′ful, as much as fills the mouth: a small quantity:—pl. Mouth′fuls; Mouth′-hon′our (Shak.), honour or civility insincerely expressed.—adjs. Mouth′less, without a mouth; Mouth′-made (Shak.), expressed by the mouth, insincere.—n. Mouth′piece, the piece of a musical instrument, or tobacco-pipe, held in the mouth: one who speaks for others.—By word of mouth, by means of spoken words; Down in the mouth, out of spirits: despondent; From hand to mouth (see Hand); Have one's heart in one's mouth (see Heart); Make a mouth, or mouths, to distort the face in mockery, to pout; Make the mouth water (see Water); Stop the mouth, to cause to be silent. [A.S. múth; Ger. mund, Dut. mond.]

  2. Mouth

    mowth, v.t. to utter with a voice over loud or swelling.—adjs. Mouth′able, sounding well; Mouthed, having a mouth.—ns. Mouth′er, an affected speaker; Mouth′ing, rant.—adj. Mouth′y, ranting, affected.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Mouth

    The oval-shaped oral cavity located at the apex of the digestive tract and consisting of two parts: the vestibule and the oral cavity proper.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mouth

    [the Anglo-Saxon muda]. The embouchure opening of a port or outlet of a river, as Yarmouth, Tynemouth, Exmouth, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mouth

    See Muzzle.

  2. mouth

    The outer opening of an embrasure.

Editors Contribution

  1. mouth

    An area on the human face or face of an animal where we put food we eat and what we drink.

    The mouth is such an amazing shape, size and purpose.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  


  1. Mouth

    the anterior opening into the alimentary canal, where the feeding structures are situated and in which the food is prepared for ingestion.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Mouth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1088

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Mouth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1451

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Mouth' in Nouns Frequency: #453

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mouth in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mouth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Mouth in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Addison:

    Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.

  2. Peter De Vries:

    There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you.

  3. Aaron Rodgers:

    My money is where my mouth is, and it's a call to action for everyone out there to continue to donate and do what they can.

  4. Saint Jerome:

    Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

  5. Rhonda Kalasho:

    The reason why cavities develop on teeth is simply because the acidic environment created by the bacteria in the mouth breaks down carbohydrates and sugars.

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    Why are you giving examples of nouns whereas the explanation is about the verbs
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the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
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