\ 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

Other Words from gush


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for gush

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of gush in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun A gush of oil came out of the well. the dam burst with a stupendous gush of water See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rosengart could — and does — gush about Souter for hours. Malina Saval, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 In rural places, water will be driven belowground and then will gush back up. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Later, Affleck was finally able to gush about Lopez for the first time since their relationship went public. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 26 Sep. 2021 Former patrons gush about Helsing’s quintessential order of hamburger, fries, and a milkshake, as well as their ham-and-cheese sandwiches and, of course, pie and coffee. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2022 Lady Gaga couldn’t help but gush over Jon Batiste and SZA backstage at the 2022 Grammys on Sunday, and the feeling was very mutual. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2022 Lively did gush about the success of Reynolds' new Netflix film The Adam Project four days ago on her Instagram, though. ELLE, 18 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, in one breath, Snyder can talk about the wing’s capacity for navigating screen actions and switching onto and staying in front of point guards, and in the next, gush over his confidence and willingness to dive for loose balls. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Feb. 2022 Without hesitation, Blake and Gwen's fans rushed to the comments section to gush about Shefani, which is a combination of their last names, Shelton and Stefani, put together. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 13 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Watch Kardashian gush about Davidson’s tattoos below. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 16 Mar. 2022 With Fleet Street out of action, a team of ten improvised the BBC’s first newsroom, to handle the gush of telegrams, letters, messages, and speeches sent in by unions, strike councils, and government departments. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 The moment when a story comes together feels like striking into a gush of life that exists outside your invention. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 With midterm elections approaching, the gush of federal stimulus spending will draw even greater scrutiny as Republicans accuse Democrats of wasting funds and fueling inflation, and demand a precise accounting of how the money has been spent. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 About three million gallons of oil gush from the leak until it can be sealed 11 days later, covering 800 square miles of ocean and 35 miles of coastline and killing thousands of birds, fish and other wildlife. CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 For recent converts such as New York and New Jersey, a gush of cheap outside inventory would be a threat to their nascent industries. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 The last two constitute a cottage industry in themselves, such is the gush of books about them. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 Go ahead, clobber him in the head and watch the blood gush. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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