verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to emit suddenly, forcibly, or copiously.


Origin of gush

1350–1400; Middle English; probably phonesthemic in orig.; see gust1, rush1
Related formsgush·ing·ly, adverbout·gush, verb (used with object)un·gush·ing, adjective

Synonyms for gush

1. pour, stream, flood. See flow. 4. spurt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gush

Contemporary Examples of gush

Historical Examples of gush

  • It was as though that tree were Billy—struck by a gush of flying fire.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • A gush of smoke came from a chimney in the rear of the edifice.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Catherine bowed her head, and with a gush of tears fell into his arms.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "Oh, we haven't hurried," she said with a gush of gratification that startled the man.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Not even yet can I think without a gush of anger and shame of my visit to Brotherton.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for gush



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
Derived Formsgushing, adjectivegushingly, adverb

Word Origin for gush

C14: probably of imitative origin; compare Old Norse gjósa, Icelandic gusa
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Word Origin and History for gush

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper