\ˈpȯr \
poured; pouring; pours

Definition of pour 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to flow in a stream

b : to dispense from a container poured drinks for everyone

2 : to supply or produce freely or copiously poured money into the project

3 : to give full expression to : vent poured out his feelings

intransitive verb

1 : to move with a continuous flow

2 : to rain hard

3 : to move or come continuously : stream complaints poured in

4 : to score easily or freely (as in basketball) used with in poured in 30 points



Definition of pour (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of pouring : stream

2a : an instance of pouring or an amount poured

b : a heavy fall of rain : downpour

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Other Words from pour


pourable \ˈpȯr-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
pourer \ˈpȯr-​ər \ noun
pouringly \ˈpȯr-​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for pour

Synonyms: Verb

gush, jet, rush, spew, spout, spurt, squirt, swoosh

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

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Examples of pour in a Sentence


He carefully poured the water into her glass. Pour the sauce over the pasta. She poured salt into the palm of her hand and then sprinkled it over the stew. The smokestacks poured out thick clouds of black smoke. The burst pipe poured out water. The concrete foundation has been poured. Can I pour you some lemonade? Smoke poured out from the chimney. Sweat was pouring from her brow.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Almost immediately, responses began pouring in from women across the Twitter-verse with their own difficult breastfeeding stories to share. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Opened Up About the Breastfeeding Problem No One Talks About—and Women Are Thanking Her," 20 Nov. 2018 Most of those poured in during the early months of Trump’s term, when the unorthodox president and his family became the subject of fascination on Chinese social media. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 2018 There are plenty of much deeper places in the world’s oceans, but the Black Sea is unique because its deeper layers, which flow in from the bottom of the Mediterranean, don’t mix with the oxygenated waters of the surface, which pour in from rivers. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This ancient Greek ship is the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered," 24 Oct. 2018 Right on schedule, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month emails came pouring in. Amanda Schupak, SELF, "The Exquisite, Painful Irony of Being a Health Editor With Breast Cancer During Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 19 Oct. 2018 Tributes have poured in from both sides of the aisle for the Republican senator and 2008 presidential nominee. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "John McCain honored at US Capitol, lawmakers pay tribute to 'generational leader'," 31 Aug. 2018 According to The Princess Diana Memorial Fund, set up in response to the donations which poured in at the time of her death, the general public and community groups donated some $44 million. Katie Frost, Harper's BAZAAR, "9 Reasons Princess Diana Was So Much More Than A Style Icon," 31 Aug. 2018 Nearly 4,000 comments poured in by Monday, with a deadline of July 15. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Smells, growls and disputes: AA urges DOT to allow only trained service dogs in airline cabins," 10 July 2018 Small donations have poured in from young and old, women and men of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Eva Bermudez Zimmerman Says She's Met the Threshold for Public Financing," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An extensive menu changes regularly, with each blend roasted in small batches; each coffee is offered in pour-over method or as an espresso. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 Because concrete expands and contracts in the heat, one continuous pour was impossible, so instead builders placed the concrete in interlocking blocks and cooled the blocks with pipes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 The pour of the day was Pennyroyal’s 2015 Jeansheep Vineyard Pinot, dark and spicy with notes of morello cherry. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 On top of that, 1 ounce pours of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year Bourbon will be available for $15. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Steak, brunch, whiskey and more Father's Day specials at Chicago area restaurants," 11 June 2018 Crisp, affordable sparkling wine (think Prosecco) is the vacation pour of choice— keep the bottles poppin’. Bittersweet aperitifs like Campari and Aperol are the backbone of the spritz— and useful for stronger drinks too. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "How to Drink and Snack Like an Italian on Vacation," 25 Apr. 2018 Full pours are $6.50 or $7, respectively. Friday, Feb. 2 Compass Bar (433 W. Diversey Ave. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Best Chicago happy hour deals: Feb. 1-7," 1 Feb. 2018 Add a hearty pour (three to four ounces) of Hornitos Tequila. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Summer Cocktails," 27 June 2018 Before you commit to an expensive pour, take full stock of your options. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "BottleRock 2018: Tips on how to rock Napa’s biggest music festival," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of pour


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pour


Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of pour

: to cause (something) to flow in a steady stream from or into a container or place

: to fill a cup or glass with a drink for someone

: to flow or move continuously in a steady stream


\ˈpȯr \
poured; pouring

Kids Definition of pour

1 : to flow or cause to flow in or as if in a stream Pour some tea. Smoke poured out the windows. His feelings came pouring out.

2 : to rain hard

3 : to move or come continuously Money was pouring in.

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