[pawr, pohr]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
  2. to emit or propel, especially continuously or rapidly: The hunter poured bullets into the moving object.
  3. 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.
verb (used without object)
  1. to issue, move, or proceed in great quantity or number: Crowds poured from the stadium after the game.
  2. to flow forth or along; stream: Floodwaters poured over the embankments.
  3. to rain heavily (often used impersonally with it as subject): It was pouring, but fortunately we had umbrellas.
  1. the act of pouring.
  2. an abundant or continuous flow or stream: a pour of invective.
  3. a heavy fall of rain.

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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Examples from the Web for poured

Contemporary Examples of poured

Historical Examples of poured

  • For fifteen years he poured his heart without stint into his work!

  • You've done nothing, when you know you poured out my last dose at twelve?

  • Harriet sat with her hands in her lap and listened while Tillie poured out her story.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Too much that Tillie poured out to her found an echo in her own breast.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She brought it obediently and poured it into his cupped hands.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for poured


  1. to flow or cause to flow in a stream
  2. (tr) to issue, emit, etc, in a profuse way
  3. Also: pour with rain (intr often foll by down) to rain heavilyit's pouring down outside
  4. (intr) to move together in large numbers; swarm
  5. (intr) to serve tea, coffee, etcshall I pour?
  6. it never rains but it pours events, esp unfortunate ones, come together or occur in rapid succession
  7. pour cold water on informal to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
  8. pour oil on troubled waters to try to calm a quarrel, etc
  1. 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 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.

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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

also see:

  • it never rains but it pours
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