gush

verb
\ˈgəsh \
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

gush

noun

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

Verb

gushingly \ˈgə-​shiŋ-​lē \ 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

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

Adam has gushed about his wife and daughters in the past, and credits his success to the three girls. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Caught in Rare Photo With His Wife and Two Daughters," 26 Nov. 2018 Justin shamelessly gushed over Jessica's nomination. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "All of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake's Adorable PDA Moments From the Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 Trump gushed with praise for Kim last month after the release of three Americans held by North Korea. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Trump has decried North Korea’s ‘brutality.’ But will human rights remain high on summit agenda?," 6 June 2018 Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, known mostly for gushing media profiles, announced an extraordinary fundraising total of $38.1 million last quarter. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democrats for Big Money," 15 Oct. 2018 This isn’t the first time the couple has gushed about one another. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jack Brooksbank Said the Sweetest Thing as Princess Eugenie Walked Down the Aisle," 12 Oct. 2018 There's the one that poked fun at Lara Jean’s not-so-stealth attempt to hide from the guys who received her love letters, the shot of fans googling Noah Centineo’s age (guilty as charged), and the hundreds of tweets gushing about that hot tub scene. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Now Trending: The Woke Dad in Teen Films," 29 Aug. 2018 Enter Buffy, the comforter that makes me gush like a sixth-grade school girl with a crush. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "I Used to Wake Up Sweating In the Middle of The Night — This Blanket Changed That," 27 Aug. 2018 But instead of gushing about Aretha's accomplishments or the Queen of Soul's time in the music industry, Madonna was focused on her own journey instead: Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Madonna's Tribute to Aretha Franklin at the VMAs Sparks Outrage," 21 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources posted a short video of the bizarre practice on Twitter last week, which shows the fish raining down from the aircraft’s underbelly in a gush of water. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Utah Department of Wildlife drops fish from plane for 'extreme restocking' of lake," 30 Aug. 2018 And eventually, because of the nihilist pressure of the unstoppable gush of language itself, cynical to the point of despair. Cynthia Ozick, New York Times, "One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story," 14 May 2018 As Beijing struggles to slow the outflow of cash and an erosion in its stockpile of foreign currency, the clock is about to restart on individuals’ annual foreign-exchange quotas, which is expected to set off a fresh gush of outflows. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Has the Big Yuan Short Finally Arrived?," 26 June 2018 The bear also bit into his head and a gash above his ear caused a massive amount of blood gush. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Man Got Attacked by the Same Bear Twice — and Lived to Tell About It," 5 Oct. 2016 In the ad's dramatic climax, a gush of water douses the fire and the threat is extinguished. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Dem candidate airs bizarre ‘dumpster fire’ ad," 19 June 2018 The run starts with the 50-million-gallons-per-day, crystalline gush of Rock Springs but soon becomes stained like tea by decomposing organic stuff, leaves and cypress needles. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wekiva and Rock Springs Run cure stress with gorgeous gators and hypnotic rain," 1 June 2018 In a campaign video flush with smiles and upbeat music, two Democrats running in the primary for governor gush about each other's credentials – then encourage voters to support them both. David Sharp, The Christian Science Monitor, "New ranked voting system to be used in Maine primaries," 8 June 2018 In a campaign video flush with smiles and upbeat music, two Democrats running in the primary for governor gush about each other's credentials — then encourage voters to support them both. CBS News, "In Maine, new voting system faces landmark test," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of gush

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gush

Verb

Middle English guschen

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More Definitions for gush

gush

verb

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

gush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden outward flow of a large amount of liquid

gush

verb
\ˈgəsh \
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

gush

noun

Kids Definition of gush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden free pouring out a gush of tears

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