Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bombastic or empty phrase or speech. Often used in the plural: mouthings about sin and morality.

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  • v. Present participle of mouth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Rant.
  • Ranting.

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Examples

  • The books are only dangerous to children if they eat them (mouthing is okay), but because they might have some ink, it is now illegal to sell, give away or otherwise distribute (like from a library or school) any of these old children's books, unless they are rare, adult-only collectibles.

    Carnival of Children's Lit, March '09

  • However, men have been on the receiving end of bad mouthing from the backchannel, too.

    Web Teacher › Backchannel thoughts

  • And then it hit me: Mr Wilkinson wasn't talking about "mites," instead he was mouthing the French word for myth,which, when properly pronounced, sounds like "meet"—something I'd "interpreted" as "mite"!

    le french flair - French Word-A-Day

  • What I am bad mouthing is the law under which corporations are governed.

    Thinking About America

  • As a fourth generation Montanan (my mother's grandfather hit the Gold Creek area in 1864 and ran a store in Virginia City, but that's another story), I think anyone who thinks burns has done anything for this state except earn it more bad mouthing from the national news has been wearing really dark pink sunglasses.

    Burns me up

  • But through the slow monotonous drag of the hours they developed a fictitious excitement and interest in mouthing their quarrel which each knew in his heart of hearts was no quarrel at all.

    Chapter 26

  • And then it hit me: Mr Wilkinson wasn't talking about "mites," instead he was mouthing the French word for myth, which, when properly pronounced, sounds like "meet" — something I'd "interpreted" as "mite")!

    le french flair - French Word-A-Day

  • Would that be 'mouthing', as in 'she gave me a serious mouthing'?

    engueulade - French Word-A-Day

  • Senators Biden, Clinton and Obama should all be embarrassed and ashamed of their obvious inaction beyond 'mouthing' support for Senator Dodds efforts.

    Obama: I Might Be There For Dodd's FISA Filibuster

  • You will sometimes hear country people refer to 'mouthing' people - which means no more tha guessing their age.

    The Sheep Trade.

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