verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of gush
synonym study for gush
OTHER WORDS FROM gushgush·ing·ly, adverboutgush, verb (used with object)un·gush·ing, adjective
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What does gush mean?
To gush is to flow forcefully and rapidly. Water gushes out of a firehose. Gush can also be used as a noun referring to such a flow.
Gush also commonly means to talk about a particular thing in an emotional, enthusiastic, unreserved way. When used this way, it is often phrased as gush about or gush over.
Example: I’m sorry to keep gushing about my baby cousin, but she’s just so adorable!
Where does gush come from?
The first records of gush come from around the 1400s. It comes from Middle English, but there are similar words in several other languages. Gush may have been formed through onomatopoeia, in which the word itself sounds like what it describes. In this case, the whooshing sound of rushing water.
Gush almost sounds like a combination of gust and rush, and both are used in similar ways, but the literal sense of gush is typically only applied to liquids. It emphasizes that the flow of a liquid is fast and strong: the water wasn’t just pouring out, it was gushing! You never want blood to gush from a wound. This sense can also be used figuratively, as in Our product is selling out, and the money is gushing in.
In the sense of showing unrestrained enthusiasm when talking about something, gush is typically used when someone is talking about a topic they’re passionate about and they simply can’t stop themselves from saying positive things about it. People often apologize for gushing after giving a person they admire a lot of compliments upon meeting them for the first time.
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How is gush used in real life?
Gush is most commonly used in the context of a strong torrent of water. Its other main use can be seen as the action of unleashing a flood of enthusiasm or adoration.
A pipe burst in our road at about 12pm today, water was gushing out so much that it filled a 150L container in less than a minute. It only got closed now, almost FIVE HOURS LATER 😭 Remind me again how the city is doing everything it can to save water 🙂
— Azrah (@azz_ismail) January 30, 2018
Am I one of the few who do not gush over engagements or marriages? Like yeah, congrats on your engagement or marriage! But what comes after is more important, and won’t be all butterflies & flowers down the road.
— Caitlin (@Caitlinkins) March 22, 2020
I guess that eight week stretch when we were all gushing over Baby Yoda was something of an anomaly.
— Mike G (@goedharted) April 2, 2020
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Is gush used correctly in the following sentence?
When the dam broke, the water came gushing through in a wild rush.
Example sentences from the Web for gush
Ask most designers for their mentors and out will gush a waterfall of names.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way|Tom Teodorczuk|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a gush of pro-America, anti–Soviet Union glory, the fourth installment in the Rocky saga pulls out all the stops.13 Most Patriotic Movies Ever: ‘Act of Valor,’ ‘Top Gun’ & More (VIDEO)|Melissa Leon|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Viewers of a 2011 60 Minutes segment saw Amaitis gush about his relationship with legendary sports bettor Billy Walters.Las Vegas Betting Scandal Earns $5.5 Million Fine but the Boss Walks|John L. Smith|January 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a nation of couch potatoes, advertisers know the value of flogging their brands when the orchestra starts to gush.
That is an estimated 125,000 settlers, some 30,000 homes—15 times the withdrawal (if not to say uprooting) from Gush Katif.It's Time to Think Creatively About Getting Settlers on the Side of Peace|Dan Goldenblatt|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her very heart was shut up, except where it could gush forth—nor even then with full tide—in letters to Lady Montfort.What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
If you guess you're looking for gold, it's a thousand dollars to a dime you find coal, or drown yourself in a 'gush' of oil.The Triumph of John Kars|Ridgwell Cullum
The beast dropped on his knees, and a gush of blood spurted from his nostrils.Tracks of a Rolling Stone|Henry J. Coke
From this slope of dbris, sixty or seventy feet long, a line of springs gush forth in singing foam.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land|Henry Van Dyke
Maggot was knocked down at the first gush, but leaped up and turned to fly.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines|R.M. Ballantyne