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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 gushed
  • During the summer, water from lakes on the glacier's surface had gushed through the channel he was sitting in.
  • Standing at the water's edge, the thirsty animals sucked up trunkfuls and gushed it into their mouths, spilling barely a drop.
  • When the microphones were on, gaffes gushed from his lips.
  • Mud gushed onto the rig above as hydrocarbons forced their way up to the surface.
  • People queued to have their photographs taken with him and gushed with delight when he regaled them with songs during a boat trip.
  • There is no way back to the source, to the place where the pure, clear water once gushed forth.
  • He smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth.
  • And his flesh was all swollen and a great stream of sea water gushed up through his mouth and nostrils.
  • Blood flowed from the ears and in many cases blood truly gushed from the nose.
  • He laughed at their jokes, gushed at their stories, joined them in songs.
British Dictionary definitions for gushed


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 gushed



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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