An illustration of the inside of a human mouth, with cheeks cut and lips pulled back.




  • To speak; to utter.
  • To make the actions of speech, without producing sound.
  • To form with the mouth.
  • To utter with a voice that is overly loud or swelling.
  • To exit at a mouth (such as a river mouth)
  • To pick up or handle with the lips or mouth, but not chew or swallow.
  • To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour.
  • To form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear licks her cub.
  • To carry in the mouth.
  • To make mouths at
  • To form a mouth or opening in.
  • To examine the teeth of.


  • From Middle English mouth, from Old English mūþ, from Proto-West Germanic *munþ, from Proto-Germanic *munþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ment-. Cognate with Scots mooth ("mouth"), North Frisian müd, müth, müss, West Frisian mûn ("mouth"), Dutch mond ("mouth"), muide and mui, German Mund ("mouth"), Swedish mun ("mouth"), Norwegian munn ("mouth"), Faroese muður, munnur, Icelandic munnur ("mouth"), Gothic 𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌸𐍃 ("mouth"), Latin mentum ("chin") and mandō, Ancient Greek μάσταξ ("jaws, mouth") and μασάομαι, Albanian mjekër ("chin, beard"), Welsh mant ("jawbone"), Hittite ("chin").
  • The verb is from Middle English mouthen, from the noun.

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