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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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Examples from the web for gush
  • And all this was accomplished without sentimental gush or rhetorical bluster.
  • These emotions must gush forth to keep both job seekers and job finders honest.
  • All gush from the same enormous reservoir of combustible rage.
  • These channels may allow water to gush suddenly from one lake to another.
  • If so, that would explain why oil continues to gush from three distinct locations on the sea floor.
  • If there is some liquid soap mixed in with the hydrogen peroxide, steamy foam will gush out of the container.
  • He seems tired and a little distracted, hardly in the mood to gush.
  • Though they don't understand how these magic boxes work, they can gush over the sleek shapes.
  • All these costs would not matter if revenues were about to gush forth.
  • Steam, ash, and molten rock may gush out through the volcano.
British Dictionary definitions for gush


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 gush

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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