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From Middle English guschen, gusshen, gosshien, perhaps from Middle Dutch guysen (to flow out with a gurgling sound, gush) or Old Norse gusa (to gush), ultimately imitative.

Compare Old Norse geysa (to gush), German gießen (to pour), Old English ġēotan ("to pour"; > English yote). Related to gust.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʌʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌʃ


gush (plural gushes)

  1. A sudden rapid outflow.
    • 1990, Stephen King, The Moving Finger:
      There was a cartoon woman in an apron on the front. She stood with one hand on her hip while she used the other hand to pour a gush of drain-cleaner into something that was either an industrial sink or Orson Welles's bidet.



gush (third-person singular simple present gushes, present participle gushing, simple past and past participle gushed)

  1. (intransitive, also figurative) To flow forth suddenly, in great volume.
    Water gushed out of the broken pipe.
    After he was stabbed, blood came gushing out his throat.
    All the complaints she'd bottled up came gushing out during their marriage counselling session.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book I, Canto VIII”, in The Faerie Queene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC, stanza 10:
      Large streames of bloud out of the truncked stocke / Forth gushed, like fresh water streame from riuen rocke.
    • 1889, Mathilde Blind, “[Love in Exile. Song X.] ‘On Life’s Long Round’.”, in The Ascent of Man, London: Chatto & Windus, [], →OCLC, stanza 1, page 177:
      On life's long round by chance I found / A dell impearled with dew, / Where hyacinths, gushing from the ground, / Lent to the earth heaven's native hue / Of holy blue.
  2. (transitive, also figurative) To send (something) flowing forth suddenly in great volume.
    • 1993, Brian Lumley, Blood Brothers, Macmillan, →ISBN, page 119:
      The other was no longer capable of controlling his anger; his parasite creature amplified his passion by ten; his jaws cracked open and his great mouth gushed blood from torn gums as teeth grew out of them like bone sickles.
    • 2001, Larry L. Miller, Tennessee Place-names, Indiana University Press, →ISBN, page 196:
      A beautiful spring gushed water from the ground in this mountainous sector of Polk County, inspiring the name of the place.
  3. (intransitive, especially of a woman) To ejaculate during orgasm.
    • 2008, Anya Bast, The Chosen Sin, Penguin, →ISBN, page 154:
      Her orgasm exploded over her, making her writhe and cry out his name. She gushed over his hand, her cunt gripping and releasing his invading fingers.
    • 2009, Emma Holly, Kissing Midnight, Penguin, →ISBN:
      Somehow, this made his ejaculations all the more exciting, sending hot tingles streaking through her as he gushed.
    • 2014, Stewart N. Johnson, Parthian Stranger 2 Conspiracy, Trafford Publishing, →ISBN:
      [] she pulled off an amazing orgasm, one after another, she gushed with force, []
    • 2017, Cara McKinnon, Memories of Magic, Stars and Stone Books, →ISBN:
      Odd. She'd never managed to do that to herself before—to climax so hard she gushed. Sometimes her sex partners didn't satisfy her as well as she could on her own, but her most intense orgasms had always been with others.
  4. (intransitive, transitive, figurative) To make an excessive display of enthusiasm, praise, or sentiment.
    The young mother was gushing over a baby.
    • 1911, Thompson Buchanan, Making People Happy, page 14:
      Miss Johnson gushed approval with her usual air of coquettish superiority.
    • 2010, Pat Williams, Jim Denney, How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN:
      Randy Thornton, a producer with Walt Disney Records, put it this way: “Walt was not a man who gushed praise. His biggest words of approval were, 'That'll work.'
    • 2017, Judson G. Everitt, Lesson Plans: The Institutional Demands of Becoming a Teacher, Rutgers University Press, →ISBN:
      Nellie routinely gushed praise to students for good performance whereas Frank was much more sparing in praising students.






From Proto-Albanian *gunša, close to Lithuanian gùžas (knag), Old Norse kjuka (ankle) and Old Church Slavonic gustъ (gustŭ, thick, dense).


gush f (definite gusha)

  1. neck, Adam's apple

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