gush·​er ˈgə-shər How to pronounce gusher (audio)
: one that gushes
specifically : an oil well with a copious natural flow

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Willow plan has passed every environmental analysis, would employ union labor and yield a revenue gusher. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2023 Russia’s continued gusher of export revenue isn’t guaranteed to continue at the same pace. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 But the data gusher isn’t ending, look at what’s coming out (and has come out) in the 1000 Genomes project! Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2011 During Tuesday afternoon, the gusher dumped a half inch of rain per hour on the Los Angeles area, and up to five inches in the nearby mountains. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2014 The College Football Playoff, already a financial gusher for the country’s most powerful conferences, will triple in size to 12 teams no later than the 2026 season as organizers seek to capitalize on the nation’s vast appetite for the sport. Alan Blinder, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2022 Like some cosmic wildcat drilling operation, Kepler has struck a gusher, discovering 1,235 possible new worlds in its first four months of operation. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2011 The most obvious problem facing a poor country that suddenly enjoys a gusher of dollars is the absence of the rule of law. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2022 The tournament is a test case of the zeal of Western institutions – sporting teams and leagues, cultural institutions and businesses – to grab a share of the gusher of cash coming from the Middle East despite the possible threat to their values. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gusher was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Gusher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


gush·​er ˈgəsh-ər How to pronounce gusher (audio)
: one that gushes
especially : an oil well with a very plentiful natural flow
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