mouth1 W1S2 [mauθ] n plural mouths [mauðz]
2 keep your mouth shut
3 open your mouth
4 (you) watch your mouth
8 big mouth
9 me and my big mouth/you and your big mouth etc
10 mouth to feed/hungry mouth
11 make your mouth water
12 down in the mouth
13 out of the mouths of babes (and sucklings)
14 be all mouth
[: Old English; Origin: muth]
1.) ¦(FACE)¦
the part of your face which you put food into, or which you use for speaking
He lifted his glass to his mouth.
The old man had a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth .
Liam was fast asleep with his mouth wide open .
She put her hand to her lips , trying not to laugh with her mouth full (=with food in her mouth) .
She kissed him full on the mouth (=directly on the mouth) .
I burnt the roof of my mouth (=the top inside part) on some hot soup.
She stared at him open-mouthed (=looking very surprised or shocked) .
Karen felt dry-mouthed and sick.
2.) keep your mouth shut informal
a) to not tell other people about a secret
He demanded £2000 to keep his mouth shut.
b) to not say something even if you think it
I wished that I'd kept my mouth shut.
3.) open your mouth
to prepare to speak
'I'll go,' Travis said quickly before she could open her mouth.
open your mouth to say/speak/protest etc
Julia opened her mouth to reply, but they were interrupted.
4.) (you) watch your mouth
spoken informal used to tell someone not to speak in such a rude way
5.) ¦(ENTRANCE)¦
the entrance to a large hole or ↑cave
As the train entered the mouth of the tunnel, the lights came on.
6.) ¦(RIVER)¦
the part of a river where it joins the sea
the mouth of the River Tees
the open part at the top of a bottle or container
8.) big mouth informal
if someone has a big mouth, they say too much or tell another person's secrets
9.) me and my big mouth/you and your big mouth etc
spoken used to criticize yourself or another person for saying something that should not have been said
Oops, I shouldn't have said that. Me and my big mouth.
10.) mouth to feed/hungry mouth
someone who you must provide food for, especially one of your children
To these parents, a new baby is just another hungry mouth.
11.) make your mouth water
if food makes your mouth water, it smells or looks so good you want to eat it immediately
The smell of the cooked fish made her mouth water.
12.) down in the mouth informal
Tim's looking very down in the mouth.
13.) out of the mouths of babes (and sucklings)
used humorously when a small child has just said something clever or interesting
14.) be all mouth
BrE spoken if someone is all mouth, they talk a lot about what they will do but are not brave enough to actually do it
be born with a silver spoon in your mouth atborn2 (8)
by word of mouth atword1 (13)
be foaming at the mouth atfoam2 (2)
put your foot in your mouth atfoot1 (15)
put your money where your mouth is atmoney
put words into sb's mouth atword1 (21)
shut your mouth atshut1 (2)
shoot your mouth off atshoot1 (12)
mouth 2
mouth2 [mauð] v [T]
1.) to move your lips in the same way you do when you are saying words, but without making any sound
She silently mouthed the words 'Good luck'.
Philip mouthed something through the glass which she did not hear.
2.) to say things that you do not really believe or that you do not understand
The players mouthed clichés about what they hoped to do at the World Cup.
They mouthed the usual platitudes.
mouth off phr v
to complain angrily and noisily about something, or talk as if you know more than anyone else
mouth off at/to
You should have heard Pete mouthing off at Joe.
mouth off about
Morris was mouthing off about his former team.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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