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See synonyms for: gushinggushings on

  1. flowing out suddenly, forcefully, or in large volume, as fluid that has been confined: Since the rig exploded, all attempts to stop the gushing oil have been futile.

  2. having a sudden, forceful, copious flow: She clasped her hands over the gushing wound to stop the blood.

  1. expressed or expressing oneself extravagantly or effusively, especially in an affectionate or highly complimentary way: Followed by paparazzi and gushing admirers, he returned home to face a more realistic assessment from his parents.

  1. the act of flowing out suddenly, copiously, or forcefully: Nosebleeds in children often look scary, but these quick tips can stop the gushing.

  2. the act of expressing oneself extravagantly or effusively: After all her gushing about how great the movie and its director and cast were, I'm looking forward to seeing it!

Origin of gushing

First recorded in 1350–1400; gush + -ing2 for the adjective senses; gush + -ing1 for the noun senses

Other words from gushing

  • gush·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·gush·ing, adjective

Words Nearby gushing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gushing in a sentence

  • gushing waters thrilled the ears with the sweetness of an old familiar song.

    The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
  • Thy gushing tears in torrents flow,Thy bosom pants in wild affright!

  • Mrs. Carlson struggled to her knees at the sound of it, lifting her moaning cry again at the sight of his gushing blood.

  • I felt the tears gushing into my eyes, and hastily rising, I left the room.

    Ernest Linwood | Caroline Lee Hentz
  • As the blood came gushing forth, staining her white armour red, she uttered a little cry and her lips grew pale.

    A Heroine of France | Evelyn Everett-Green