See under shower1(def 2).

Origin of showerhead

First recorded in 1965–70; shower1 + head




a brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow.
Also called shower bath. a bath in which water is sprayed on the body, usually from an overhead perforated nozzle (showerhead).
the apparatus for this or the room or stall enclosing it.
a large supply or quantity: a shower of wealth.
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.
a fall of many objects, as tears, sparks, or missiles.
Astronomy. air shower.
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)

to bestow liberally or lavishly.
to deluge (a person) with gifts, favors, etc.: She was showered with gifts on her birthday.
to bathe (oneself) in a shower bath.

verb (used without object)

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

Origin of shower

before 950; Middle English shour (noun), Old English scūr; cognate with German Schauer, Old Norse skūr, Gothic skūra
Related formsshow·er·less, adjectiveshow·er·like, adjectiveun·show·ered, adjectiveun·show·er·ing, adjectivewell-show·ered, adjective

Synonyms for shower Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for showerhead

Contemporary Examples of showerhead

  • In the shower, the boy initially turned on a showerhead a few feet from Sandusky.

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    The Cost of Costly Punishment

    Megan McArdle

    September 20, 2012

  • The drawings show a man standing under a showerhead, but the water that comes out of it never touches him.

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    Is This Anti-Soviet Art?

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    October 22, 2011

British Dictionary definitions for showerhead




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 showerhead



Old English scur "a short fall of rain, storm, tempest; fall of missiles or blows; struggle, commotion; breeze," from West Germanic *skuraz (cf. Old Norse skur, Old Saxon and Old Frisian scur "fit of illness;" Old High German scur, German Schauer "shower, downpour;" Gothic skura, in skura windis "windstorm"), from PIE root *kew-(e)ro- "north, north wind" (cf. Latin caurus "northwest wind;" Old Church Slavonic severu "north, north wind;" Lithuanian šiaurus "raging, stormy," šiaurys "north wind," šiaure "north").

Of blood, tears, etc., from c.1400. Of meteors from 1835. Sense of "bath in which water is poured from above" first recorded 1851 (short for shower-bath, itself attested from 1803). Meaning "large number of gifts bestowed on a bride" (1904, American English colloquial) later was extended to the party at which it happens (1926). Shower curtain attested from 1914.



1570s, "come down in showers;" 1580s, "to discharge a shower," from shower (n.1). Intransitive sense from 1930. Related: Showered; showering.



"one who shows," Old English sceawere "spectator, watchtower, mirror," agent noun; see show (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with showerhead


see cold shower.

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