Definition of gush in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡʌʃ/


[no object]
1 [with adverbial of direction] (Of a liquid) flow out of something in a rapid and plentiful stream: water gushed out of the washing machine
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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, emanate
British informal sloosh
rare disembogue
1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Discharge (liquid) in a rapid and plentiful stream: the tanker began to gush oil from its damaged hull
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  • 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 effusively or with exaggerated enthusiasm: everyone came up to me and gushed about how lucky I was
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  • 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, over-enthuse, be enthusiastic, be effusive, effuse;
rave, rhapsodize, go into raptures, wax lyrical, effervesce, bubble over;
get carried away, make too much of, overstate the case, praise to the skies
informal go mad, go crazy, go wild, get all worked up, go over the top
British informal big something up
North American informal ballyhoo
dated cry something up


1A rapid and plentiful stream or burst of something: a gush of blood
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  • 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, sweep
technical flux, efflux
2 [mass noun] Effusiveness or exaggerated 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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