noun (1)
show·​er | \ ˈshau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce shower (audio) \

Definition of shower

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a fall of rain of short duration
b : a similar fall of sleet, hail, or snow
2 : something resembling a rain shower a shower of statistics especially : a fall of meteors which belong to a single group and whose trails appear to originate at the same point in space
3 : a party given by friends who bring gifts often of a particular kind a bridal shower
4 : a bath in which water is showered on the body also : the apparatus that provides a shower
to the showers
: out of the ball game a pitcher sent to the showers


showered; showering; showers

Definition of shower (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to rain or fall in or as if in a shower letters showered on him in praise and protest
2 : to bathe in a shower

transitive verb

1a : to wet (as with water) in a spray, fine stream, or drops
b(1) : to cause to fall in a shower factory chimneys showered soot on the district
(2) : to cause a shower to fall on showered the newlyweds with rice
2 : to give in abundance showered her with honors


noun (2)
show·​er | \ ˈshō-ər How to pronounce shower (audio) \

Definition of shower (Entry 3 of 3)

: one that shows : exhibitor

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Other Words from shower

Noun (1)

showerless \ ˈshau̇(-​ə)r-​ləs How to pronounce shower (audio) \ adjective
showery \ ˈshau̇(-​ə)-​rē How to pronounce shower (audio) \ adjective


showerer \ ˈshau̇(-​ə)r-​ər How to pronounce shower (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for shower

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of shower in a Sentence

Verb Please shower before using the pool. Sparks from the machine showered onto the floor of the garage. Rice showered down on the newlyweds as they left the church.
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First Known Use of shower

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shower

Noun (1)

Middle English shour, from Old English scūr; akin to Old High German scūr shower, storm, Latin caurus northwest wind

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The first known use of shower was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shower

: to wash yourself by using a shower
: to fall on someone or something in the way that rain falls from the sky
: to provide (someone) with something in large amounts


show·​er | \ ˈshau̇-ər How to pronounce shower (audio) \

Kids Definition of shower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a short fall of rain over a small area
2 : a large number of things that fall, are given off, or happen at the same time a shower of sparks a shower of praise
3 : a bath in which water is sprayed on the body or a device for providing such a bath
4 : a party where gifts are given especially to a woman who is about to be married or have a baby


showered; showering

Kids Definition of shower (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to wet with fine spray or drops A passing car showered us with muddy water.
2 : to fall in or as if in a shower Live sparks and red coals showered down with the smoke.— Janet Shaw, Meet Kirsten
3 : to provide in great quantity We showered them with gifts.
4 : to bathe in a shower

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