verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to rain in a shower.
to take a shower bath.

Nearby words

  1. showboat,
  2. showbread,
  3. showcase,
  4. showd,
  5. showdown,
  6. shower stall,
  7. shower tea,
  8. showerhead,
  9. showerproof,
  10. showery


    send to the showers, Baseball.
    1. to replace (a pitcher) during a game, usually because he or she is ineffective: The coach sent him to the showers after he walked three batters in a row.
    2. to cause (a pitcher) to be replaced in a game, as by getting many hits off him or her; knock out of the box: Two home runs and a line-drive double sent her to the showers.

Origin of shower

before 950; Middle English shour (noun), Old English scūr; cognate with German Schauer, Old Norse skūr, Gothic skūra

Related forms




a person or thing that shows.

Origin of shower

before 900; Middle English shewere, Old English scēawere, derivative of scēawian to show, see -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shower

British Dictionary definitions for shower




a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow
a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light
a rush; outpouringa shower of praise
  1. a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle
  2. the room, booth, etc, containing such a bathFull name: shower bath
British slang a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc
US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride
a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere
NZ a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc


(tr) to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a showershower the powder into the milk
(often with it as subject) to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower
(tr) to give (gifts, etc) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc)they showered gifts on him
(intr) to take a shower
Derived Formsshowery, adjective

Word Origin for shower

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


a person or thing that shows
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Word Origin and History for shower
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Idioms and Phrases with shower


see cold shower.

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