- to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from one container to another, or into, over, or on something: to pour a glass of milk; to pour water on a plant.
- to emit or propel, especially continuously or rapidly: The hunter poured bullets into the moving object.
- to produce or utter in or as in a stream or flood (often followed by out): to pour out one's troubles to a friend.
- to issue, move, or proceed in great quantity or number: Crowds poured from the stadium after the game.
- to flow forth or along; stream: Floodwaters poured over the embankments.
- to rain heavily (often used impersonally with it as subject): It was pouring, but fortunately we had umbrellas.
- the act of pouring.
- an abundant or continuous flow or stream: a pour of invective.
- a heavy fall of rain.
Origin of pour
- 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
Word Origin 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.
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
- it never rains but it pours