[ pawr, pohr ]
/ pɔr, poʊr /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. poundal,
  2. pounder,
  3. pounding,
  4. poupart's ligament,
  5. poupart's line,
  6. pour cold water on,
  7. pour encourager les autres,
  8. pour le mérite,
  9. pour oil on troubled waters,
  10. pour on the coal

Origin of pour

1300–50; Middle English pouren; origin uncertain

Related forms
Can be confusedpause paws pores pours

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British Dictionary definitions for pour


/ (pɔː) /



a pouring, downpour, etc
Derived Formspourer, noun

Word Origin for pour

C13: of unknown origin


The verbs pour and pore are sometimes confused: she poured cream over her strudel; she pored (not poured) over the manuscript

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Word Origin and History for pour



c.1300, of unknown origin, not in Old English; perhaps from Old French (Flanders dialect) purer "to sift (grain), pour out (water)," from Latin purare "to purify," from purus "pure" (see pure). Replaced Old English geotan. Intransitive sense from 1530s. Related: Poured; pouring; pourable. As a noun from 1790.

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Idioms and Phrases with pour


In addition to the idioms beginning with pour

  • pour cold water on
  • pour oil on troubled waters
  • pour on the coal
  • pour out one's heart

also see:

  • it never rains but it pours
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