\ 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

Meanwhile, Jennifer gushed about her kids at the INBOUND panel in Boston last week. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Have Found a Co-Parenting Sweet Spot After Their Divorce," 9 Sep. 2019 Weeks before a 2014 season that saw the Bears nearly break into the four-team College Football Playoff, Briles gushed about the university’s new, $266-million riverfront football stadium as a symbol of the school’s changed fortunes. Los Angeles Times, "Worthy of a second chance? Art Briles coaching high schoolers after sexual assault scandal," 1 Sep. 2019 Afterward, her fellow music stars gushed about her influence. Emily Yahr,, "MTV VMAs: 10 things to know, from Missy Elliott’s moment to Taylor Swift’s White House dig to John Travolta’s gaffe," 27 Aug. 2019 Afterward, her fellow music stars gushed about her influence. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "MTV VMAs: 10 things to know, from Missy Elliott’s moment to Taylor Swift’s White House dig to John Travolta’s gaffe," 27 Aug. 2019 In honor of their recent celebration, here are a bunch of times the Rock has gushed about the love of his life (his words, not ours). Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson married Lauren Hashian. Here are times when he's gushed about her," 19 Aug. 2019 Her husband of 23 years, Mark Consuelos, gushed about her know-how. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Ballet slay! Kelly Ripa awes in Instagram post on her toes in pointe shoes," 14 Aug. 2019 Davis also gushed about Jarrahy in a 2006 interview with Good Housekeeping. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "The puzzling reason that Geena Davis lied to Oprah Winfrey and others about her fourth marriage," 12 Aug. 2019 On Monday’s tour, Vostrejs, Wagner and Glick gushed about the condition of the building, which was made a city landmark in 2001. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Plans to redevelop Denver’s historic Evans School no longer just academic, potential buyers say," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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 Last week, the system malfunctioned, sending gushes of dark brown water into toilets, sinks and showers. Dale Kasler, Phillip Reese And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "360,000 Californians have unsafe drinking water. Are you one of them?," 1 June 2018 Just listen to Lance Zierlein of gush about Smith, who became the Bulldogs’ first Butkus Award winner (given to the nation’s top linebacker) in 2017 after amassing 137 tackles, including 14 for loss, and recovering three fumbles. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "The Miami Dolphins have shown keen interest in Roquan Smith, Georgia’s ‘speed demon’ | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 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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