Definition of pour in English:

pour

Line breaks: pour
Pronunciation: /pɔː
 
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verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
  • 1Flow rapidly in a steady stream: water poured off the roof figurative words poured from his mouth
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    • Another stream of smoke poured out of his mouth and hovered near the ceiling.
    • Suddenly, a cascade of water started pouring down, starting to rapidly fill the room.
    • Her answer poured from her mouth rapidly, as if to hint that she didn't really want to talk about him.
    Synonyms
    stream, flow, run, gush, cascade, course, spout, jet, spurt, flood, surge, spill, rush, well, spew, discharge
    British informal sloosh
    rare disembogue
    gush out, spew out, spurt out, spout out; erupt; flow, issue, emerge, come out, come forth, come
  • 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Cause (a liquid) to flow from a container in a steady stream: she poured a little whisky into a glass the remaining liquid is poured out
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    • The inquest heard that Daniel cut the container using broken glass, poured liquid on the floor and set fire to it using a lighter.
    • The waiter pours some creamy liquid on the rice.
    • Mark went to work on him, cleaning the wound, and pouring various liquids on the open wound.
    Synonyms
    tip, let flow, dribble, drizzle, splash, spill, decant, discharge
    informal slosh, glug, slop
    archaic circumfuse
    drain, decant, pour off, draw off, siphon off, tap, tip, discharge, transfer; disgorge, discharge, eject, emit, expel, evacuate, empty, spit out, spew out, belch forth, spout; vomit, regurgitate, throw up
    archaic regorge
  • 1.2 [with object] Prepare and serve (a drink): he poured a cup of coffee [with two objects]: Harry poured her a drink
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    • He poured some tea and drank while watching the rising sun.
    • She pours tea for students in national costume.
    • I sighed and pulled it out, grabbed four cups, and started pouring the drinks.
  • 1.3 [with object] (pour something into) Contribute money to (an enterprise or project) in copious amounts: Belgium has been pouring money into the company
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    • And, by the by, he also pours his money into men's and women's hockey within his native community.
    • Yet the professionals were pouring their own money into tech stocks and commodity-exploration firms that were ripe for recovery but too risky for the public.
    • How much better if councillors poured our money into a nightclub.
  • 1.4 [with object] (pour something out) Express one’s feelings in an unrestrained way: in his letters, Edward poured out his hopes
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    • The newspaper reports that she pours her heart out about the break-up of her marriage.
    • Love was new and beautiful to her, and her feelings were poured out and expressed in her tears.
    • After staring at them for ten minutes, he finally started to speak, pouring his heart out.
    Synonyms
    express, voice, vent, give vent to, give expression to, vocalize, give voice to, put in words, give utterance to, communicate, declare, state, set forth, bring into the open, make public, assert, divulge, reveal, proclaim, announce, raise, table, air, ventilate, mention, talk of, point out, go into; utter, say, speak, articulate, enunciate, pronounce, mouth
    informal come out with
  • 1.5 [with object] (pour oneself into) • humorous (Of a woman) put on (a tight-fitting garment): I poured myself into a short Lycra skirt
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    • I tried most of it and when I mentioned it to one of friends, I was asked if this was wise considering that there was a pre-bought bridesmaid dress that I would have to shortly pour myself into.
    • Is there a man among you who hasn't poured himself into tight jeans or favoured a T-shirt that flashed a beefy bicep?
    • Her husband, it reminded readers, stayed at home changing nappies while she poured herself into frocks.
  • 3Come or go in a steady stream and in large numbers: people poured out of the train
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    • Donations and letters have been pouring into the UNFPA at such a rate that the agency has hired two interns to sort and keep track of the incoming mail.
    • However, when the site received international media attention, letters started pouring in from all over the world.
    • The response to this survey has been truly phenomenal with literally hundreds of letters pouring in every week from people anxious to have their say.
    Synonyms
    throng, crowd, swarm, stream, flood, gush, teem

Phrases

it never rains but it pours

proverb Misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or to arrive all at the same time.
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  • I never had an injury before in my life, but it's true what they say about injuries, it never rains but it pours.
  • When this fact is added to the rule of thumb that it never rains but it pours and the received wisdom that bad news comes in threes, the omens point to a particularly uncomfortable trip when Edinburgh travel to Toulouse next weekend.
  • Farmers need little convincing at present of the truth of the saying that it never rains but it pours.

pour cold water on

see cold.

pour it on

North American informal Progress or work quickly or with all one’s energy: we really poured it on as the season progressed
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  • He really pours it on at the end, when the demons return to their graves; it's a mournful theme that makes you feel sorry for the damned.
  • As we melted with the feeling of the song, he poured it on.
  • Yesterday I really poured it on and ended up at under 2,000 calories.

pour oil on troubled waters

Try to settle a disagreement or dispute with words intended to placate or pacify those involved.
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  • Needless to say, this sort of rumor-mongering has no place in American politics, and we're proud to be pouring oil on troubled waters, instead of fanning the flames.
  • One African minister advised against ‘pouring oil on troubled waters’.
  • Pity that their back-benchers brought up the issue on a quiet news day before the last World Cup and have not ceased pouring oil on troubled waters since.

pour scorn on

see scorn.

Derivatives

pourable

adjective
More example sentences
  • Whizz the mixture and then add enough oil to make a pourable dressing - about 3 tbsp.
  • For cracks up to 1/2 inch, use crack filler, packaged in no-mess cartridges for the caulking gun or in pourable squeeze bottles.
  • The prints are covered with adhesive tape, a gel lifter, or a pourable silicone rubber casting compound that contrasts with the color of the developed print.

pourer

noun
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  • He added: ‘Safety measures incorporated following the fire in 1994 include foam pourers fitted to the tanks.’
  • The teapot was a dreadful pourer and our table quickly became a lake!
  • For once we can report an excellent pourer with not a drop running down the spout.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Usage

On the confusion of pour and pore, see pore2 (usage).

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