\ 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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gushingly \ ˈgə-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce gushingly (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For all of their years of half-listening to gushing stories of other people’s grandchildren, my mom and dad have seen their world explode with joy at having their own. Beth Spotswood,, "With help of tools like Zoom, grandparents stay connected," 1 Apr. 2020 One of the more tempting features of the album is its movement—songs slink, spur, spaz, and gush at surprising intervals. Jason Parham, Wired, "Childish Gambino's 3.15.20 Is Apt for This Isolated Moment," 26 Mar. 2020 Theoretical physicists have dreamed up numerous hypothetical particles that might make up dark matter, among them cousins to nearly massless, barely detectable subatomic particles called neutrinos, which gush out of the Sun and nuclear reactors. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Physicists brawl over new dark matter claim," 26 Mar. 2020 Louisville Water tweeted a video of the flooding just after 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, showing water gushing out onto Palatka Road near Southside Drive. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Busted water main causes 'major flooding' on Palatka Road near Louisville's Iroquois Park," 24 Mar. 2020 The star of the Facebook Watch show Steve has gushed many times before about his wife of 12 years on social media. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Posts Emotional Instagram Featuring a Beautiful Photo of His Wife Marjorie," 13 Mar. 2020 In notes to investors released in the last week, analysts gushed over the electric carmaker’s most car-y metrics. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Tesla Is Finally Cruising, and Investors Are Going for a Joyride," 6 Feb. 2020 While arranging the now seemingly pregnant Suzzy (Enver sewed a half basketball under her skirt) at the base of Erin’s crucifixion, Liz gushes at the effect. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 Even with the help of city excavators, the deluge gushing from the tunnel has damaged nearby structures in recent years, including a shellfish hatchery. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward seeks upgrades for antiquated flood-control system," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the history of our species, nothing like this gush of good fortune has occurred before. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 25 Mar. 2020 But wait, what’s the unsightly red gush from her nose that emerges during a climactic romantic scene? Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Latest version of ‘Emma’ humanizes Jane Austen story," 27 Feb. 2020 Drinking fountains go back to ancient times, but the gush of interest in cleaner drinking water in cities in the late 19th century led to a boom in drinking fountains just about everywhere — including Wisconsin. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where did the term 'bubbler' come from, and are we the only ones who say it?," 25 Feb. 2020 Those closer to the NFL admired Moore’s football mind but didn’t quite gush over it the way his fans did. Andy Benoit,, "How Kellen Moore’s Offense Potentially Shifts the Dak Prescott Conversation," 25 Sep. 2019 When floods trigger breaches at mine dams, billions of gallons of mud gush downward, inundating communities, destroying land and vegetation, and clogging waterways. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado rethinks dam safety as climate change heightens risk for state’s 27 “unsatisfactory” structures," 1 Dec. 2019 Genuinely, the two gush about each other on the regular: View this post on Instagram The simple moments in life. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Are Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph Doing Now?," 26 Sep. 2019 This siphoning has become a gush with the growth of tech and other businesses whose assets are mostly intangible, and thus easier to move. The Economist, "Tax our tech and we’ll blacklist your bubbly," 5 Dec. 2019 Not surprisingly, the US shale oil revolution is the biggest contributor to the coming gush of oil. Matt Egan, CNN, "Oil prices could plunge 30% if OPEC fails to act," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Apr 2020

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“Gush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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