\ 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 Members of former President Barack Obama's team gush with praise for the outgoing Bush administration's help in 2008-09. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "What might the transfer of power in the US look like?," 9 Nov. 2020 Ask Ludo Lacroix to explain the lore of Scott McLaughlin, and the fast-talking Frenchman will gush over the driver for hours. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "How three-time Supercars champ Scott McLaughlin became Team Penske's first rookie since 1999," 23 Oct. 2020 While grape growers gush, consumers are just now beginning to enjoy the fruits of the university’s labors. Bill Ward Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "The U's Itasca grape could put Minnesota wines on the map," 14 Oct. 2020 While only 54 feet tall, the waterfall can gush at the same volume as Multnomah Falls, especially impressive in the rainy season. oregonlive, "The 20 best things to do in Astoria, where the mighty Columbia River meets the ocean," 3 Oct. 2020 Earlier this week, Urban couldn't help but gush over his wife during an interview on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman's Armchair Expert podcast. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Nicole Kidman Lovingly Watches Husband Keith Urban Host ACM Awards from Afar: 'Wishing I Was There'," 17 Sep. 2020 Although the oil leak was stopped, the ship's hull was continuing to crack, prompting fears that the remaining fuel would gush into the sea. Andrew Meldrum, Star Tribune, "Urgent pumping removes oil from ship grounded near Mauritius," 11 Aug. 2020 Fans loved seeing the country star gush over his wife of 13 years. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Luke Bryan Had the Sweetest Reaction to His Wife Caroline Boyer’s Latest Instagram," 31 July 2020 Anwar's pregnant sister, Gigi Hadid, couldn't help but gush over the new addition to the family. Georgia Slater,, "Meet Dexter! Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid Adopt Adorable Puppy: 'Our Tiny Best Friend'," 1 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The gush of funds has accelerated in recent weeks as the president looks to help his core supporters who have been hit hard by the double whammy of his combative trade practices and the coronavirus pandemic. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Trump Funnels Record Subsidies to Farmers Ahead of Election Day," 12 Oct. 2020 Watch Brown gush over Cyrus, Winehouse and the rest of her heroines below. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Millie Bobby Brown Wants to Play Her 'Icon' Amy Winehouse in a Biopic," 1 Oct. 2020 Next year, the federal debt — the sum of the year-after-year gush of annual deficits — is forecast to exceed the size of the entire American economy for the first time since 1946. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, "US debt will soon exceed size of entire economy," 5 Sep. 2020 The state senator argued Gabbard was neglecting her constituents while pursuing the White House, striking a nerve that unleashed a gush of donations. Audrey Mcavoy, Star Tribune, "Only 1 major candidate running to succeed Tulsi Gabbard," 2 Aug. 2020 Fans loved hearing Blake gush over working with Gwen. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Blake Shelton Gets Candid About Recording 'Nobody But You' With Gwen Stefani," 26 May 2020 To make air-pollution laws more relevant for the coming gush of wildfire smoke, the authors suggest that policymakers need scientists to give them a more granular understanding of how wildfires become a public health threat. Eric Roston,, "Wildfires Are Taking an Unexpectedly Huge Toll on America’s Lungs," 30 June 2020 But the gush of headlines announcing central bank and policy action to counter the virus impact seems to slow, while the human and economic toll of the illness keeps growing. Justina Lee,, "Diary of a Crisis: Inside Wall Street’s Most Volatile Ever Week," 18 Mar. 2020 The gush of comments on her live streams (and generous tips that have continued online) tell her that people need the outlet, camaraderie and opportunity to call upon the memories and aspirations that musicals bring up. Bob Morris, New York Times, "Marie’s Is Closed, but Its ‘Dominatrix’ Pianist Still Takes Requests," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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14 Nov 2020

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“Gush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 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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