spouter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spouter a spouting whale
    • n spouter an oil well that is spouting
    • n spouter an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spouter One who, or that which, spouts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spouter One who or that which spouts. Something that sends forth a jet or stream of fluid matter.
    • n spouter One who speaks grandiloquently or oratorically; a mere declaimer; a speechifier.
    • n spouter An experienced whaleman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Spouter one who, or that which, spouts: a speechifier: a South Sea whale, a skilful whaler
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains that spout, like speak, has lost an r, thus standing for sprout, the r being preserved in spurt, with nearly the same sense as spout. Sw. sputa for spruta, to squirt; Dut. spuiten.

Usage

In literature:

Let us scrape the ice from our frosted feet, and see what sort of a place this "Spouter" may be.
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
Arguers and spouters are invariably asses.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 583" by Various
Are the clerics jealous of lay spouters?
"My Life as an Author" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Slavery to every spouter who flatters your self-conceit and stirs up bitterness and headlong rage in you?
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
The well may be a 'spouter,' or they may have to pump.
"The Moving Picture Girls at Rocky Ranch" by Laura Lee Hope
He wants to fight with the Fire-spouters.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
Dick was always called Spouter because of a fondness for long speeches.
"The Rover Boys on a Hunt" by Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
The skaters had still a distance of several hundred yards to cover when it was seen that Spouter Powell was gradually falling behind.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
Dick was always called Spouter because of his fondness for long speeches.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
It is a Government of lawyers and spouters; of words they give us plenty, of government nothing.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
He never looked behind him after that, and, being a great "spouter," he got onto the Keighley Local Board.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
I wager that old spouter seethed with excitement and gossip that night.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
More sedate and somber types call the Thoracics "bubblers" or "spouters" just for this reason.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
They had three boats, one containing Jack and Fred, another the twins, and a third Gif and Spouter.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
This man is a spouter at public-house discussion clubs, and fancies himself, as he stands surrounded by M.P.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
If they were all abolished to-morrow, what would the spouters do?
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
Just a spouter, that got drunk on his own words and shot a poor inoffensive gentleman in a shop!
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman
But there it is; when a woman meddles with politics she's game for the first spouter she comes across!
"The Great House" by Stanley J. Weyman
Let him in civism adept, shun The spouter's bawling, and the Bobby's staff.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, Nov. 11, 1887" by Various
Ye're not on a spouter (whaler)!
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
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In poetry:

O'er the bowl of Bavarian lakes
With the marrow of osseous mountains
You will know I was not a glib fake
And of sugared assurances spouter.
"Do not fret, do not cry, do not tax..." by Boris Pasternak
"Till a spouter chanced to sight us, cruisin' round that way,
Or else we'd be stiff 'uns layin' there to-day;
An' ice," said the bosun, sniffing once again,
"Is a thing I've had no use for, no, never since then."
"Ice: The Bosun's Story" by Cicely Fox Smith