Definition of gush in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəSH/


[no object]
1 [with adverbial of direction] (Of a liquid) flow out in a rapid and plentiful stream, often suddenly: William watched the murky liquid gushing out figurative millions of dollars gushed out of that office
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  • Water gushed out of the ruptured pavement and poured through people's front doors as families desperately used towels and carpets to stop the water creeping in.
  • One can see nature at its best - greenery, farm animals and birds crossing the roads, farmers, harvested paddy being dried on the roads and water gushing out of pumpsets and a lot more.
  • When I visit America, I see water gushing out of taps, left open while people chat.
surge, burst, spout, spurt, jet, stream, rush, pour, spill, well out, cascade, flood;
flow, run, issue
1.1 [with object] Send out in a rapid and plentiful stream.
Example sentences
  • Other complaints include a pipe gushing water for a year; no security lights and uneven paving.
  • The trouble started last Wednesday when we got home to find the overflow pipe gushing water from the side of the house.
  • A timed fountain gushes water in changing patterns; it looks almost as though the water were dancing.
2Speak or write with effusiveness or exaggerated enthusiasm: a nice old lady reporter who covers the art openings and gushes about everything
More example sentences
  • Still nobody opens the door to gush enthusiastically all over me about being their secret admirer and bringing them flowers.
  • Curiously, the one show he won't gush enthusiastically about is his own funeral.
  • On their website these groups gush with enthusiasm about turning Iraq into another Vietnam for the USA.
enthuse, rave, be enthusiastic, be effusive, rhapsodize, go into raptures, wax lyrical, praise to the skies, overpraise
informal go mad, go wild, go crazy


1A rapid and plentiful stream or burst.
Example sentences
  • He observed regular gushes of blood from a cut in the apex of the heart after ventricular contractions ceased but atrial contractions persisted.
  • I lifted up my hand to fell my head to see if I was bleeding and I was amazed to see gushes of blood on the sidewalk and on my head.
  • Yet in between these gushes sit tranquil pools which brim with icy, sweet-tasting mountain water.
surge, stream, spurt, jet, spout, outpouring, outflow, burst, rush, cascade, flood, torrent
technical efflux
2Exaggerated effusiveness or enthusiasm.
Example sentences
  • All in all, it's a bit directionless - in a bid to have something for everyone they seem to have just trotted out a conservative selection of mid-market gush.
  • Still, the sheer amount of luvvy gush is surprising.
  • I'm too gushy in a country, in a city, where they hate gush.


Late Middle English: probably imitative.

Words that rhyme with gush

ablush, blush, brush, crush, flush, hush, hush-hush, lush, mush, plush, rush, shush, slush, thrush, tush

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