\ 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 The comedian, who will serve as a guest panelist on Wednesday's semifinals, couldn't stop gushing over the contestant and even brought his friend Jay-Z along to express his true feelings. Rachel Yang,, "Watch Jay Pharoah bust out his iconic SNL Jay-Z impression in exclusive Masked Singer clip," 13 May 2020 April 30, 2020 Cooper was not the only person who couldn’t stop gushing about Wyatt’s arrival. Los Angeles Times, "Anderson Cooper told his mom before she died that he planned to have a baby," 4 May 2020 My head gushed with blood, my coloring was entirely off and my veins bulged in agony. Patrick Connolly,, "Universal: Halloween Horror Nights turned me into a ‘scareactor’ for an evening," 11 Sep. 2019 And technology executives, who usually aren’t impressed by anything short of unmanned spaceflight, regularly gush about the ease of hosting Zoom meetings. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "No, the Best Doesn’t Win," 27 Apr. 2020 Using a standard screwdriver, pry open the cover gently or the oil will gush out and cover you in that unholy stink. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Care for Your Car's Differential," 18 Apr. 2020 In November, actor Alec Baldwin gushed over Tzintzún Ramirez on his podcast. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Bad blood? Texas Democratic Senate hopefuls MJ Hegar, Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez ratchet up criticisms," 23 Feb. 2020 Last week, board directors at SFMTA gushed over the full 2.5-mile protected bike lane extension. Rachel Swan,, "Next bike barrier frontier: San Francisco’s bustling Embarcadero," 10 Feb. 2020 By the time the resulting spill was stemmed, enough crude oil to fill 125 Olympic-size swimming pools had gushed into the Prince William Sound, killing 250,000 seabirds. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 In the history of our species, nothing like this gush of good fortune has occurred before. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 25 Mar. 2020 But wait, what’s the unsightly red gush from her nose that emerges during a climactic romantic scene? Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Latest version of ‘Emma’ humanizes Jane Austen story," 27 Feb. 2020 Drinking fountains go back to ancient times, but the gush of interest in cleaner drinking water in cities in the late 19th century led to a boom in drinking fountains just about everywhere — including Wisconsin. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where did the term 'bubbler' come from, and are we the only ones who say it?," 25 Feb. 2020 Those closer to the NFL admired Moore’s football mind but didn’t quite gush over it the way his fans did. Andy Benoit,, "How Kellen Moore’s Offense Potentially Shifts the Dak Prescott Conversation," 25 Sep. 2019 When floods trigger breaches at mine dams, billions of gallons of mud gush downward, inundating communities, destroying land and vegetation, and clogging waterways. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado rethinks dam safety as climate change heightens risk for state’s 27 “unsatisfactory” structures," 1 Dec. 2019 Genuinely, the two gush about each other on the regular: View this post on Instagram The simple moments in life. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Are Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph Doing Now?," 26 Sep. 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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30 May 2020

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“Gush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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