- to flow out or issue suddenly, copiously, or forcibly, as a fluid from confinement: Water gushed from the broken pipe.
- to express oneself extravagantly or emotionally; talk effusively: She gushed with pride over her new grandchild.
- to have a sudden, copious flow, as of blood or tears.
- to emit suddenly, forcibly, or copiously.
- a sudden, copious outflow of a fluid.
- the fluid emitted.
- effusive and often insincere language or behavior.
Origin of gush
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Examples from the Web for gushing
He called her “a silly chattering windbag, an infernal liar, a conceited, gushing, rump-wagging, blethering ass.”Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
A bullet had struck a femoral artery and it was gushing blood as she kept firing.How the Army Betrayed the Hero of Fort Hood
April 4, 2014
The media are gushing over Bill Clinton after being mesmerized by Michelle Obama.Are the Media Going Soft on the Democrats?
September 6, 2012
All the while fielding interview after interview from a gushing American public.Lynn Sherr: Sally Ride’s Heroic and Trailblazing Life as an Astronaut
July 24, 2012
Among followers he and his assistant minister are spoken of in gushing terms.Florida's Quran-Burning Pastor
September 7, 2010
But his head was whirling round, the blood was gushing from his brow, his temple, his mouth.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Doesn't it tire you to be gushing away there all alone in your little corner?
The Tua may mean the 'gushing' river, and the Ave recalls the many Avons.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
It floated downward, massed and purple-red with gushing blood.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
Mrs. Henniker met me in the drawing-room, just as gushing and charming as ever.The Seven Secrets
William Le Queux
- to pour out or cause to pour out suddenly and profusely, usually with a rushing sound
- to act or utter in an overeffusive, affected, or sentimental manner
- a sudden copious flow or emission, esp of liquid
- something that flows out or is emitted
- an extravagant and insincere expression of admiration, sentiment, etc
Word Origin and History for gushing
12c., gosshien "make noises in the stomach," later (c.1400) "rush out suddenly, pour out," probably formed imitativeally in English under influence of Old Norse gusa "to gush, spurt," related to geyser. Metaphoric sense of "speak in an effusive manner" first recorded 1873. Related: Gushed; gushing. The noun is 1680s, from the verb.