\ 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

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 A month away from another national election, British voters aren’t exactly gushing with excitement. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Fear and loathing ahead of the British election," 12 Nov. 2019 Various speakers gush about one Davis recording or another without getting near the elements of the music itself. Howard Reich, Detroit Free Press, "Miles Davis 'Birth of the Cool' documentary works best when his words and music soar," 18 Oct. 2019 Various speakers gush about one Davis recording or another without getting near the elements of the music itself. Howard Reich,, "‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’ review: An ordinary telling of an extraordinary story," 4 Oct. 2019 Users gush over how this $20 formula detoxifies and cleanses without leaving any oily residue — which tbh sounds like my type of party. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "What I Screenshot This Week: The 'Pit Scrub' I'm Definitely Adding To My Beauty Regimen," 13 Sep. 2019 Since 2014, fans and DJs gush each year about the tropical locale, the summer-in-December vibes and, of course, the music. Kat Bein, Billboard, "A-Trak, Gorgon City, The Blaze and More to Perform at Your Paradise Fiji 2019," 5 June 2019 Rogan’s podcast gushes like a mighty river of content—approximately three episodes a week, usually more than two hours per episode, consisting of one marathon conversation with a subject of his choosing. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Live Like Joe Rogan," 19 Aug. 2019 Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace can’t stop gushing about Robinson’s work ethic. Dan Wiederer,, "Allen Robinson brought his A-game to the Bears’ biggest game last season. And that sets the stage for a big 2019: ‘The ball is going to 12.’," 13 Aug. 2019 The one-win 49ers’ 5-0 finish in 2017 after Garoppolo took over launched thousands of gushing season previews. Eric Branch,, "Garoppolo’s return buoys 49ers, but the hype has diminished considerably," 25 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Further Reading Transplanting poop can be beneficial—swapping vaginal fluids may be even better The study comes amid a gush of enthusiasm for the transplants, often dubbed vaginal microbiota transplants (VMTs). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaginal-fluid transplants treat incurable condition in pilot study," 9 Oct. 2019 What had been a steady flow of residents leaving the island because of economic hardship became a gush after the storm. Washington Post, "Puerto Ricans who fled to Florida from storm face new storm," 29 Aug. 2019 The tune immediately caught the attention of one of her heroes, John Mayer, who took to his Instagram story to share the single and gush over the catchy hook. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Alessia Cara Was Really 'Rooting For You' in Sassy New Single: Listen," 13 Aug. 2019 Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and more gush over getting to collaborate with the iconic performer The cast of Disney’s The Lion King is stacked with A-listers, but one cast member left her costars speechless: Beyoncé, who voices Nala. Justin Curto,, "What It's Like to Work with Beyoncé: Disney's The Lion King Cast Tells All!," 17 July 2019 But most participants, like her aunt and personal assistant Mary Jones, gush memories, analysis and feelings. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Review: ‘Whitney,’ a Pop Music Tragedy, Is Sad, Strange and Dismaying," 5 July 2018 Weeks after an unexpected gush of crude oil from an offshore well sent an inky stain across 12 miles of shoreline that is home to a dozen villages, Sedari’s fishermen are still grounded by the huge spill. Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "Indonesia Confronts, Belatedly, a Huge Oil Spill Near Jakarta," 27 Aug. 2019 Now Jackson was listening to Brown gush over his abilities and long-term potential. Dan Wiederer,, "Will a motivated Ha Ha Clinton-Dix capitalize on his prove-it deal? A closer look at the Bears safeties," 2 Aug. 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

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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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of gush was in the 15th century

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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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