[pawr, pohr]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of pour

1300–50; Middle English pouren; origin uncertain
Related formspour·a·ble, adjectivepour·a·bil·i·ty, nounpour·er, nounpour·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·pour, verb (used with object)re·pour, verb (used with object)trans·pour, verb (used with object)un·pour·a·ble, adjectiveun·poured, adjective
Can be confusedpause paws pores pours
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to flow or cause to flow in a stream
(tr) to issue, emit, etc, in a profuse way
Also: pour with rain (intr often foll by down) to rain heavilyit's pouring down outside
(intr) to move together in large numbers; swarm
(intr) to serve tea, coffee, etcshall I pour?
it never rains but it pours events, esp unfortunate ones, come together or occur in rapid succession
pour cold water on informal to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
pour oil on troubled waters to try to calm a quarrel, etc


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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