\ ˈgəsh How to pronounce gush (audio) \
gushed; gushing; gushes

Definition of gush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to issue copiously or violently
2 : to emit a sudden copious flow
3 : to make an effusive display of affection or enthusiasm an aunt gushing over the baby

transitive verb

1 : to emit in a copious free flow
2 : to say or write effusively



Definition of gush (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a sudden outpouring
b : something emitted in a gushing forth
2 : an effusive display or outpouring

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Other Words from gush


gushingly \ ˈgə-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce gushingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for gush

Synonyms: Verb

jet, pour, rush, spew, spout, spurt, squirt, swoosh

Synonyms: Noun

exodus, outflow, outpour, outpouring

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

Antonyms: Noun

flux, inflow, influx, inrush

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Examples of gush in a Sentence


Oil gushed from the well. Blood gushed from the wound. I'm tired of hearing her gush about her boyfriend. Everyone has been gushing over the baby. “Oh, your baby is so cute!” they gushed.


A gush of oil came out of the well. the dam burst with a stupendous gush of water
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Water gushed into the press workspace in the basement near the White House's West Wing, creating a large puddle. Fox News, "Washington area hit by flash flooding, stranding drivers and soaking White House basement," 9 July 2019 Water gushed into the press workspace in the basement near the White House's West Wing., "Rains strand Washington drivers, flood White House basement," 8 July 2019 Water gushed into the press workspace in the basement near the White House's West Wing. Baltimore Sun,, "Rains strand Washington drivers, flood White House basement," 8 July 2019 As for the All-Star experience, both Giants prospects gushed about taking part in the Futures Game. Pat Mcmanamon,, "Giants prospects Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos enjoy midseason All-Star showcase," 7 July 2019 Afterwards, some of them gushed about Smailagić’s trajectory after the Warriors selected him at No. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Why Warriors are intrigued with Alen Smailagić’s potential," 7 July 2019 Rave review: Stephanie Blanco, visiting Kailua for the first time with her husband and their young daughters, couldn't stop gushing about the turquoise waters and lack of crowds, at least in April. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Move over, Waikiki and Hanauma Bay. Here are 10 must-see beaches on Oahu," 19 June 2019 In the weeks since Archie Harrison was born, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle haven't stopped gushing about their newborn son. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Sweetest Things Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Said About Their Son Archie So Far," 25 May 2019 The Internet couldn’t stop gushing over the Royal Wedding this weekend – no detail too small, no romantic gaze too adorable, for commentary., "Meghan Markle Has Championed Menstrual Equity — Here's Why You Should Too," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Maria Mascarinas could feel blood gush from her just after delivering her third son. Kate Thayer,, "Save a life in the next few days. Red Cross asks for blood platelet donations amid Chicago shortage.," 26 June 2019 Like a gush of vinegar poured into a tub of baking soda, Ailes helped trigger the political volcano that continues to erupt 23 years after his channel premiered. Matthew Gilbert,, "Russell Crowe a force as Roger Ailes in ‘The Loudest Voice’," 26 June 2019 Guests posed against a variety of colorful backdrops that would make anyone's Instagram fanbase gush. Houston Chronicle, "Pride, liquor and Instagram prove healthy draw for Houston partygoers (June 14-16)," 17 June 2019 Naturally, they were asked about their new nephew, and the couple couldn't help but gush. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Red Blazer and Jeans During a Visit to North Wales," 8 May 2019 Like, do-joint-interviews-and-gush-about-how-we're-real-life-best-friends great. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Went Christmas Shopping Together in Coordinating Outfits in LA," 23 Dec. 2018 The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources posted a short video of the bizarre practice on Twitter last week, which shows the fish raining down from the aircraft’s underbelly in a gush of water. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Utah Department of Wildlife drops fish from plane for 'extreme restocking' of lake," 30 Aug. 2018 And eventually, because of the nihilist pressure of the unstoppable gush of language itself, cynical to the point of despair. Cynthia Ozick, New York Times, "One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story," 14 May 2018 As Beijing struggles to slow the outflow of cash and an erosion in its stockpile of foreign currency, the clock is about to restart on individuals’ annual foreign-exchange quotas, which is expected to set off a fresh gush of outflows. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Has the Big Yuan Short Finally Arrived?," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of gush


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gush


Middle English guschen

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English Language Learners Definition of gush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to flow out very quickly and in large amounts
: to produce a large amount of (a quickly flowing liquid)
: to speak in an extremely enthusiastic way



English Language Learners Definition of gush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden outward flow of a large amount of liquid


\ ˈgəsh How to pronounce gush (audio) \
gushed; gushing

Kids Definition of gush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to flow or pour out in large amounts Water gushed from the fountain.
2 : to act or speak in a very affectionate or enthusiastic way He gushed forth praise for the Abbey victuals.— Brian Jacques, Redwall



Kids Definition of gush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden free pouring out a gush of tears

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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