gush

[ guhsh ]
/ gʌʃ /

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.

noun

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Origin of gush

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; probably phonesthemic in origin; see gust1, rush1

synonym study for gush

1. See flow.

OTHER WORDS FROM gush

gush·ing·ly, adverboutgush, verb (used with object)un·gush·ing, adjective
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VOCAB BUILDER

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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What are some other forms related to gush?

  • gusher (noun)
  • gushing (adjective)
  • gushingly (adverb)

What are some synonyms for gush?

What are some words that often get used in discussing gush?

 

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.

 

 

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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

British Dictionary definitions for gush

gush
/ (ɡʌʃ) /

verb

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

noun

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 forms of gush

gushing, adjectivegushingly, adverb

Word Origin for gush

C14: probably of imitative origin; compare Old Norse gjósa, Icelandic gusa
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