pour

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English[edit]

Ice Tea poured into a glass

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pouren, pouren (to pour). Origin uncertain. Likely of Celtic origin, from Celtic base *purr- (to jerk, throw (water)). Akin to Welsh bwrw (to cast; to strike; to rain), Scottish Gaelic purr (to push, thrust, urge, drive), Irish purraim (I push, I jerk).

Displaced native Middle English schenchen, schenken (to pour) (from Old English scencan (to pour out)), ȝeoten, yetten (to pour) (from Old English ġēotan (to pour)), temen (to pour out, empty) (from Old Norse tǿma (to pour out, empty)), birlen (to pour, serve drink to) (from Old English byrelian (to pour, serve drink to)), hellen (to pour, pour out) (from Old Norse hella (to pour out, incline)).

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pour (third-person singular simple present pours, present participle pouring, simple past and past participle poured)

  1. (transitive) To cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of a vessel or into it.
    to pour water from a pail;  to pour wine into a decanter;  to pour oil upon the waters;  to pour out sand or dust.
  2. (transitive) To send forth as in a stream or a flood; to emit; to let escape freely or wholly.
    • The Bible, 1 Samuel i. 15.
      I [] have poured out my soul before the Lord.
    • The Bible, Ezekiel vii. 8
      Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee.
    • William Shakespeare
      London doth pour out her citizens!
    • John Milton
      Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth With such a full and unwithdrawing hand?
    • 2013 August 10, “Can China clean up fast enough?”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      At the same time, it is pouring money into cleaning up the country.
  3. (transitive) To send forth from, as in a stream; to discharge uninterruptedly.
    • A. Pope
      Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat?
  4. (intransitive) To flow, pass or issue in or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours.
    • Gay
      In the rude throng pour on with furious pace.
    • 2011 January 8, Chris Bevan, “Arsenal 1-1 Leeds”, BBC:
      In a breathless finish Arsenal poured forward looking for a winner but Leeds held out for a deserved replay after Bendtner wastefully fired wide and Schmeichel acrobatically kept out Denilson's rasping effort
    The people poured out of the theater.

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Noun[edit]

pour (plural pours)

  1. The act of pouring.
  2. Something, or an amount, poured.
    • 2003, John Brian Newman, B. S. Choo, Advanced concrete technology: Volume 2
      Over this time period, the first concrete pour has not only lost workability but has started to set so that it is no longer affected by the action of a vibrator.
  3. (colloquial) A stream, or something like a stream; especially a flood of precipitation.
    A pour of rain. --Miss Ferrier.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French por, from Latin pro

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Preposition[edit]

pour

  1. for (when followed by a noun)
    J'ai un cadeau pour toi.
    I've got a gift for you.
  2. to (when following a verb at the infinitive)
    Je veux chanter pour te faire revenir.
    I want to sing to make you come back.

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Guernésiais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French por, from Latin pro.

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pour

  1. for
  2. in order to

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (peasant, farmer): pur (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter), paur (Vallader)
  • (pawn): pur (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter, Vallader)

Etymology[edit]

Of Germanic origin, cognate with German Bauer, Dutch boer.

Noun[edit]

pour m (plural pours)

  1. (Surmiran) peasant, farmer
  2. (Surmiran, chess) pawn