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[guhsh] /gʌʃ/
verb (used without object)
to flow out or issue suddenly, copiously, or forcibly, as a fluid from confinement:
Water gushed from the broken pipe.
to express oneself extravagantly or emotionally; talk effusively:
She gushed with pride over her new grandchild.
to have a sudden, copious flow, as of blood or tears.
verb (used with object)
to emit suddenly, forcibly, or copiously.
a sudden, copious outflow of a fluid.
the fluid emitted.
effusive and often insincere language or behavior.
Origin of gush
1350-1400; Middle English; probably phonesthemic in orig.; see gust1, rush1
Related forms
gushingly, adverb
outgush, verb (used with object)
ungushing, adjective
1. pour, stream, flood. See flow. 4. spurt. Unabridged
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  • We have all seen the photos of oil gushing out of the well, caked on the shore-lines, and smothering helpless animals.
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  • The gushing of oil is confidently awaited by many who have beheld the successive miracles of survival and deliverance.
  • And what better time than when oil is gushing into the sea.
  • But when the fitness tycoon starts gushing that she's no businesswoman, you may want to reach for the truth serum.
  • Then, during a gallery exhibit, a zoology-major friend began gushing about a tardigrade in my painting.
  • The chemical brews gushing out of the vents provide nutrients for deep-sea life.
British Dictionary definitions for gushing


to pour out or cause to pour out suddenly and profusely, usually with a rushing sound
to act or utter in an overeffusive, affected, or sentimental manner
a sudden copious flow or emission, esp of liquid
something that flows out or is emitted
an extravagant and insincere expression of admiration, sentiment, etc
Derived Forms
gushing, adjective
gushingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably of imitative origin; compare Old Norse gjósa, Icelandic gusa
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Word Origin and History for gushing



12c., gosshien "make noises in the stomach," later (c.1400) "rush out suddenly, pour out," probably formed imitativeally in English under influence of Old Norse gusa "to gush, spurt," related to geyser. Metaphoric sense of "speak in an effusive manner" first recorded 1873. Related: Gushed; gushing. The noun is 1680s, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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