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[shou-er-hed] /ˈʃaʊ ərˌhɛd/
See under shower1 (def 2).
Origin of showerhead
1965-70; shower1 + head


[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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for showerhead
  • Admit it, apartment dwellers, you'd have fixed that showerhead by now if you didn't need to search for the right tools.
  • If this happens, stand directly under showerhead until bathroom microclimate stabilizes.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead today and begin saving lots of water.
  • The showerhead has a handle or pull leaver to release the warm water when the user is ready.
  • showerhead and faucet efficiencies are measured by the flow rate, specified as gpm.
  • By using a low-flow showerhead, you reduce water consumption and energy usage to heat the water.
  • If the bucket is filled near the one-gallon level, your showerhead is working fine.
  • Replacing a showerhead or an older-model toilet, is a good investment.
  • Collect all the water that is wasted while waiting for the hot water to reach your faucet or showerhead.
  • All new homes and commercial establishments must install low flow faucets, showerhead and toilets.
British Dictionary definitions for showerhead


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 showerhead



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 showerhead

show business

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that's show business

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