1 [shou-er]
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.
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.
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

showerless, adjective
showerlike, adjective
unshowered, adjective
unshowering, adjective
well-showered, adjective

4. flood, deluge, torrent, stream. Unabridged


2 [shoh-er]
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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shower1 (ˈʃaʊə)
1.  a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow
2.  a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light
3.  a rush; outpouring: a shower of praise
4.  a.  a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle
 b.  Full name: shower bath the room, booth, etc, containing such a bath
5.  slang (Brit) a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc
6.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ) a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride
7.  a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere
8.  (NZ) a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc
vb (often with it as subject)
9.  (tr) to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a shower: shower the powder into the milk
10.  to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower
11.  (tr) to give (gifts, etc) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc): they showered gifts on him
12.  (intr) to take a shower
[Old English scūr; related to Old Norse skūr, Old High German skūr shower, Latin caurus northwest wind]

shower2 (ˈʃəʊə)
a person or thing that shows

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Word Origin & History

O.E. scur "short fall of rain, fall of missiles or blows," from W.Gmc. *skuraz (cf. O.N. skur, O.S., O.H.G. scur, Ger. Schauer, Goth. skura, in skura windis "windstorm"), from base *skuro, from PIE base *kew-(e)ro- "north, north wind" (cf. L. caurus "northwest wind;" O.C.S. severu "north, north wind;"
Lith. siaurus "raging, stormy," siaurys "north wind," siaure "north"). Sense of "shower bath" first recorded 1851. The verb is from 1573. Meaning "large number of gifts bestowed on a bride" (1904, Amer.Eng. colloquial) later was extended to the party at which it happens (1926).
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Idioms & Phrases


see cold shower.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Shower the object of your desire with attention and gifts.
She wouldn't shower, and she spent much of her time staring into space.
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.
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