- 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
Examples from the Web for poured
He poured millions into building Foxcatcher Farm, a wrestling facility boasting top-of-the-line weight machines.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
All these debates and doings made for juicy news, and the men of the local staff, ably bossed by Callahan, poured it out daily.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
He poured the foundation for the concrete road Obama would ride to victory twenty years later.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
Demurely they poured drinks and politely tried to speak English.Bar-Hopping With the Kyoto Geisha
September 1, 2014
Once dried, a liquid, such as plaster, wax, or bronze, is poured in for a perfect representation of the face.The Ukrainian Face Collector Launches an Exhibition in Kiev
August 21, 2014
For fifteen years he poured his heart without stint into his work!Way of the Lawless
You've done nothing, when you know you poured out my last dose at twelve?Life and Death of Harriett Frean
She brought it obediently and poured it into his cupped hands.
Harriet sat with her hands in her lap and listened while Tillie poured out her story.
Too much that Tillie poured out to her found an echo in her own breast.
- 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 and History for poured
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.
Idioms and Phrases with poured
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