verb (used without object)

  1. to flow out or issue suddenly, copiously, or forcibly, as a fluid from confinement: Water gushed from the broken pipe.
  2. to express oneself extravagantly or emotionally; talk effusively: She gushed with pride over her new grandchild.
  3. to have a sudden, copious flow, as of blood or tears.

verb (used with object)

  1. to emit suddenly, forcibly, or copiously.


  1. a sudden, copious outflow of a fluid.
  2. the fluid emitted.
  3. effusive and often insincere language or behavior.


  1. to pour out or cause to pour out suddenly and profusely, usually with a rushing sound
  2. to act or utter in an overeffusive, affected, or sentimental manner


  1. a sudden copious flow or emission, esp of liquid
  2. something that flows out or is emitted
  3. an extravagant and insincere expression of admiration, sentiment, etc

12c., gosshien “make noises in the stomach,” later (c.1400) “rush out suddenly, pour out,” probably formed imitativeally in English under influence of Old Norse gusa “to gush, spurt,” related to geyser. Metaphoric sense of “speak in an effusive manner” first recorded 1873. Related: Gushed; gushing. The noun is 1680s, from the verb.

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