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[doun-pawr, -pohr] /ˈdaʊnˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr/
a heavy, drenching rain.
Origin of downpour
First recorded in 1805-15; down1 + pour Unabridged
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  • The dark night and the downpour made the cafés look brighter.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • The downpour was greeted by a treble chorus of delight from the tourists.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • The downpour was incessant and likely to last through the night.

  • Fearful of being caught in the downpour, I began to retrace my steps.

    Brave and True George Manville Fenn
  • But it was not likely a fire could make much headway in that downpour.

  • Now the weather was crisp and cold, now hazy and depressing, and again a downpour.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The princess had prayed of the Rain God to send that downpour.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for downpour


a heavy continuous fall of rain
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Word Origin and History for downpour

1811, from down (adv.) + pour.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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