gushier; gushiest
: marked by effusive sentimentality
gushily adverb
gushiness noun

Examples of gushy in a Sentence

a gushy review of a novel by an author who just happened to be a friend of the critic
Recent Examples on the Web Anything to keep those gushy feelings on repeat in your body! Carina Hsieh, SELF, 30 Jan. 2024 The movie falters here and there, lapsing into sentimentality—with accompanying gushy music—during a wedding scene, and that in-person confrontation between Monk and Sintara happens only because Jefferson has overcomplicated the story’s plot. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 15 Dec. 2023 Her breezy, gushy style could give the sadness of her lyrics a sneaky potency. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 Kennedy has been ballyhooed on Fox News with gushy interviews with Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 26 June 2023 And last but not least, Chopra concluded her post with a gushy tribute to her 1-year-old daughter Malti. USA TODAY, 14 May 2023 Still, like Cabello’s gushy previous album Romance, Familia does hold a lot of clues about Cabello and Mendes’s relationship and its downfall. Vulture, 8 Apr. 2022 At Akikos, the fish performed as expected, with a lightly melty mouthfeel, but at Friends Only one bite unleashed a waterfall of gushy fat. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2023 But in the present, the battle still isn’t completely won, even after Tuesday night’s premiere-goers exited to see on their smartphones a raft of mostly positive, sometimes gushy reviews, some of them bound to be excerpted as blurbs posted on the theater exterior within hours. Chris Willman, Variety, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gushy was in 1845

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“Gushy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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gushier; gushiest
: expressing much sentimentality
gushily adverb
gushiness noun

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