W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waw-ter-spout, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌspaʊt, ˈwɒt ər-/
    • /ˈwɔː.tə.spaʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-spout, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌspaʊt, ˈwɒt ər-/

Definitions of waterspout word

  • noun waterspout Also called rainspout. a pipe running down the side of a house or other building to carry away water from the gutter of the roof. 1
  • noun waterspout a spout, duct, or the like, from which water is discharged. 1
  • noun waterspout a funnel-shaped or tubular portion of a cloud over the ocean or other body of water that, laden with mist and spray, resembles a solid column of water reaching upward to the cloud from which it hangs. Compare tornado (def 1). 1
  • noun waterspout A rotating column of water and spray formed by a whirlwind occurring over the sea or other body of water. 1
  • noun waterspout a tornado occurring over water that forms a column of water and mist extending between the surface and the clouds above 0
  • noun waterspout a sudden downpour of heavy rain 0

Information block about the term

Origin of waterspout

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; 1730-40 for def 3; Middle English; see water, spout

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Waterspout


waterspout popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

waterspout usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for waterspout

noun waterspout

  • spiral — Geometry. a plane curve generated by a point moving around a fixed point while constantly receding from or approaching it.
  • whirlpool — water in swift, circular motion, as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents, often causing a downward spiraling action.
  • whirlwind — any of several relatively small masses of air rotating rapidly around a more or less vertical axis and advancing simultaneously over land or sea, as a dust devil, tornado, or waterspout.
  • cyclone — A cyclone is a violent tropical storm in which the air goes round and round.
  • eddy — a current at variance with the main current in a stream of liquid or gas, especially one having a rotary or whirling motion.

Top questions with waterspout

  • what is a waterspout?
  • how is a waterspout different from a tornado?
  • what causes a waterspout to form?
  • how is a waterspout like a tornado?
  • what is waterspout tornado?
  • what causes a waterspout?
  • what is a waterspout tornado?
  • how is a waterspout formed?
  • how does a waterspout form?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?