from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To flow forth suddenly in great volume: water gushing from a hydrant.
  • intransitive v. To emit a sudden and abundant flow, as of tears.
  • intransitive v. To make an excessive display of sentiment or enthusiasm: gushed over the baby.
  • transitive v. To emit abundantly; pour forth.
  • n. A sudden copious outflow: a gush of tears.
  • n. Excessively demonstrative language or behavior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden rapid outflow.
  • v. To flow forth suddenly, in great volume.
  • v. To make an excessive display of enthusiasm or sentiment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To issue with violence and rapidity, as a fluid; to rush forth as a fluid from confinement; to flow copiously.
  • intransitive v. To make a sentimental or untimely exhibition of affection; to display enthusiasm in a silly, demonstrative manner.
  • transitive v. A sudden and violent issue of a fluid from an inclosed plase; an emission of a liquid in a large quantity, and with force; the fluid thus emitted; a rapid outpouring of anything.
  • transitive v. A sentimental exhibition of affection or enthusiasm, etc.; effusive display of sentiment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To issue with force and volume, as a fluid from confinement; flow suddenly or copiously; come pouring out, as water from a spring or blood from a wound.
  • Hence To speak effusively or from a sudden emotional impulse; be extravagantly and effusively sentimental.
  • To emit suddenly, forcibly, or copiously.
  • n. A sudden and violent emission of a fluid from confinement; outpouring of or as of a liquid.
  • n. Effusive display of sentiment.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. issue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth
  • v. gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
  • n. a sudden rapid flow (as of water)
  • v. praise enthusiastically
  • n. an unrestrained expression of emotion


Middle English gushen, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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