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[shou-er] /ˈʃaʊ ər/
a brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow.
Also called shower bath. a bath in which water is sprayed on the body, usually from an overhead perforated nozzle (showerhead)
the apparatus for this or the room or stall enclosing it.
a large supply or quantity:
a shower of wealth.
a party given for a bestowal of presents of a specific kind, especially such a party for a prospective bride or prospective mother:
a linen shower; a baby shower.
a fall of many objects, as tears, sparks, or missiles.
Astronomy, air shower.
showers, a room or area equipped with several showerheads or stalls for use by a number of people at the same time.
verb (used with object)
to bestow liberally or lavishly.
to deluge (a person) with gifts, favors, etc.:
She was showered with gifts on her birthday.
to bathe (oneself) in a shower bath.
verb (used without object)
to rain in a shower.
to take a shower bath.
send to the showers, Baseball.
  1. to replace (a pitcher) during a game, usually because he or she is ineffective:
    The coach sent him to the showers after he walked three batters in a row.
  2. to cause (a pitcher) to be replaced in a game, as by getting many hits off him or her; knock out of the box:
    Two home runs and a line-drive double sent her to the showers.
before 950; Middle English shour (noun), Old English scūr; cognate with German Schauer, Old Norse skūr, Gothic skūra
Related forms
showerless, adjective
showerlike, adjective
unshowered, adjective
unshowering, adjective
well-showered, adjective
4. flood, deluge, torrent, stream.


[shoh-er] /ˈʃoʊ ər/
a person or thing that shows.
before 900; Middle English shewere, Old English scēawere, derivative of scēawian to show, see -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shower
  • shower the object of your desire with attention and gifts.
  • He gets up, goes into the bathroom, and takes a shower.
  • He soon stopped taking a daily shower, and even went to the park to read the paper without putting on a tie.
  • Fresh from the shower, mirror-primped, stepped my heroine resplendent in her new friend's housecoat.
  • She wouldn't shower, and she spent much of her time staring into space.
  • The younger one had been finishing up taking a shower.
  • Apparently this is better for your skin, but the real boon is that the shower does the cleaning for you.
  • When a positron encounters its regular opposite, an electron, both are destroyed in a shower of new particles.
  • Librarians who buy these subscriptions for the use of faculty and students can shower you with statistics.
  • If he had bothered to shower up before boarding the flight, he might not have been caught at all.
British Dictionary definitions for shower


a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow
a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light
a rush; outpouring: a shower of praise
  1. a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle
  2. the room, booth, etc, containing such a bath Full name shower bath
(Brit, slang) a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc
(US & Canadian, Austral & NZ) a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride
a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere
(NZ) a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc
(transitive) to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a shower: shower the powder into the milk
often with it as subject. to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower
(transitive) to give (gifts, etc) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc): they showered gifts on him
(intransitive) to take a shower
Derived Forms
showery, adjective
Word Origin
Old English scūr; related to Old Norse skūr, Old High German skūr shower, Latin caurus northwest wind


a person or thing that shows
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Word Origin and History for shower

Old English scur "a short fall of rain, storm, tempest; fall of missiles or blows; struggle, commotion; breeze," from West Germanic *skuraz (cf. Old Norse skur, Old Saxon and Old Frisian scur "fit of illness;" Old High German scur, German Schauer "shower, downpour;" Gothic skura, in skura windis "windstorm"), from PIE root *kew-(e)ro- "north, north wind" (cf. Latin caurus "northwest wind;" Old Church Slavonic severu "north, north wind;" Lithuanian šiaurus "raging, stormy," šiaurys "north wind," šiaure "north").

Of blood, tears, etc., from c.1400. Of meteors from 1835. Sense of "bath in which water is poured from above" first recorded 1851 (short for shower-bath, itself attested from 1803). Meaning "large number of gifts bestowed on a bride" (1904, American English colloquial) later was extended to the party at which it happens (1926). Shower curtain attested from 1914.

"one who shows," Old English sceawere "spectator, watchtower, mirror," agent noun; see show (v.).


1570s, "come down in showers;" 1580s, "to discharge a shower," from shower (n.1). Intransitive sense from 1930. Related: Showered; showering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shower

show business

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that's show business

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