mouth


mouth
1 /maUT/ noun plural mouths /maUDz/
1 FACE (C) the part of your face which you put food into, or which you use for speaking: Don't talk with your mouth full of food!
2 keep your mouth shut informal
a) to not tell other people about a secret: I don't want my parents finding out about this, so you'd better keep your mouth shut.
b) to not say anything because you might make a mistake, or annoy someone or upset them: She started to cry, and I wished I'd kept my mouth shut.
3 open your mouth to start to speak, especially in a situation where you feel you should not say anything: I didn't dare open my mouth in case I offended her.
4 OPENING (C)
a) the entrance to a large hole or cave
b) the open part at the top of a bottle or container
5 RIVER (C) the part of a river where it joins the sea
6 big mouth informal someone who is a big mouth or has a big mouth is annoying because they cannot keep secrets or they often say things they should not say
7 me and my big mouth/you and your big mouth etc spoken used when you are annoyed with yourself or with someone else for telling other people a secret or saying something that should not be said
8 he/she is all mouth spoken used when you think that someone is not really brave enough, strong enough etc to do what they say they can do
9 mouth to feed someone who you must provide food for, especially one of your children: To these parents, a new baby is just another hungry mouth to feed.
10 make your mouth water if food makes your mouth water, it looks so good you want to eat it immediately
—see also: mouth­watering
11 down in the mouth informal looking very unhappy: Why's Tim so down in the mouth?
12 open-mouthed/wide-mouthed etc with an open, wide etc mouth
13 out of the mouths of babes (and sucklings) humorous used when a small child has just said something clever or interesting
—see also: by word of mouth word 1 (29), foam at the mouth foam 2 (2), hand to mouth, put your foot in your mouth foot 1 (12), shut your mouth shut 1 (3), shoot your mouth off shoot 1 (7) 2 verb (T)
1 to move your lips as if you are saying words, but without making any sound: Brook was waving and mouthing over the noise at the others to stand aside.
2 to say things that you do not really believe or that you do not understand: a third-rate politician, capable only of mouthing the current party line | mouth platitudes (=give opinions that are not original): people at cocktail parties mouthing platitudes about the starving millions
mouth off phrasal verb (intransitive + at/about) informal to complain angrily and noisily about something, or talk as if you know more than anyone else

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

Synonyms:
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  • 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

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

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