[ shou-er ]
See synonyms for: showershoweredshoweringshowers on

  1. a brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow.

  2. Also called show·er bath . a bath in which water is sprayed on the body, usually from an overhead perforated nozzle(showerhead ).

  1. the apparatus for this or the room or stall enclosing it.

  2. a large supply or quantity: a shower of wealth.

  3. a party given for a bestowal of presents of a specific kind, especially such a party for a prospective bride or prospective mother: a linen shower;a baby shower.

  4. a fall of many objects, as tears, sparks, or missiles.

  5. Astronomy. air shower.

  6. showers, a room or area equipped with several showerheads or stalls for use by a number of people at the same time.

verb (used with object)
  1. to bestow liberally or lavishly.

  2. to deluge (a person) with gifts, favors, etc.: She was showered with gifts on her birthday.

  1. to bathe (oneself) in a shower bath.

verb (used without object)
  1. to rain briefly.

  2. to take a shower bath.

Idioms about shower

  1. send to the showers, Baseball.

    • to replace (a pitcher) during a game, usually because they are ineffective: The coach sent him to the showers after he walked three batters in a row.

    • to cause (a pitcher) to be replaced in a game, as by getting many hits off them; knock out of the box: Two home runs and a line-drive double sent her to the showers.

Origin of shower

First recorded before 950; Middle English noun shour, shour(r)e, shouer Old English scūr, scūra; cognate with German Schauer, Old Norse skūr, Gothic skūra; the verb is derivative of the noun

Other words for shower

Other words from shower

  • show·er·less, adjective
  • show·er·like, adjective
  • un·show·ered, adjective
  • well-show·ered, adjective

Words Nearby shower

Other definitions for shower (2 of 2)

[ shoh-er ]

  1. a person or thing that shows.

Origin of shower

First recorded before 900; Middle English sheuer(e), shoure “watchman, overseer, teacher, guide” Old English scēawere, derivative of scēawian to show; see -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shower in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shower (1 of 2)


/ (ˈʃaʊə) /

  1. a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow

  2. a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light

  1. a rush; outpouring: a shower of praise

    • a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle

    • the room, booth, etc, containing such a bath: Full name: shower bath

  2. British slang a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc

  3. US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride

  4. a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere

  5. NZ a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc

  1. (tr) to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a shower: shower the powder into the milk

  2. (often with it as subject) to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower

  1. (tr) to give (gifts, etc) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc): they showered gifts on him

  2. (intr) to take a shower

Origin of shower

Old English scūr; related to Old Norse skūr, Old High German skūr shower, Latin caurus northwest wind

Derived forms of shower

  • showery, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for shower (2 of 2)


/ (ˈʃəʊə) /

  1. a person or thing that shows

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Other Idioms and Phrases with shower


see cold shower.

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