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

Related Words for gushing

spouting, effusive, emitting, enthusiastic, mushy, blubbery

Examples from the Web for gushing

Contemporary Examples of gushing

Historical Examples of gushing

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for gushing



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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper