[ out-pawr-ing, -pohr- ]
/ ˈaʊtˌpɔr ɪŋ, -ˌpoʊr- /


something that pours out or is poured out; an outflow, overflow, or effusion: an outpouring of sympathy from her friends.

Origin of outpouring

1750–60; out- + pouring

Definition for outpouring (2 of 2)


[ noun out-pawr, -pohr; verb out-pawr, -pohr ]
/ noun ˈaʊtˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr; verb ˌaʊtˈpɔr, -ˈpoʊr /


verb (used with object)

to pour out.

Origin of outpour

First recorded in 1665–75; out- + pour
Related formsout·pour·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for outpouring (1 of 2)


/ (ˈaʊtˌpɔːrɪŋ) /


a passionate or exaggerated outburst; effusion

British Dictionary definitions for outpouring (2 of 2)


noun (ˈaʊtˌpɔː)

the act of flowing or pouring out
something that pours out

verb (ˌaʊtˈpɔː)

to pour or cause to pour out freely or rapidly
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Word Origin and History for outpouring



mid-15c., "a pouring out," from out + infinitive of pour (v.). From 1757 as "action of pouring out," originally transferred, of things spiritual; sense of "that which is poured out" (again, usually transferred) is from 1827.

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