gush vs outpouring what difference

what is difference between gush and outpouring



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/
  • 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 figuratively) To flow forth suddenly, in great volume.
  2. (transitive, also figuratively) 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, figuratively) To make an excessive display of enthusiasm, praise, or sentiment.
    • 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.



  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.


  • Shug, hugs, shug



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


gush f (definite singular gusha)

  1. neck, Adam’s apple

Related terms

  • gungë
  • kungull



out- +‎ pouring


outpouring (plural outpourings)

  1. The sudden outward flowing of a large amount of something.
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, “Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders,” New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
      The protests rank among the largest outpourings of dissent since the nation’s military dictatorship ended in 1985.
    • 2012, August 1. Owen Gibson in Guardian Unlimited, London 2012: rowers Glover and Stanning win Team GB’s first gold medal
      Great Britain has collected its first gold medal of the London Games after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won the coxless pairs with a stunning performance that will spark a mass outpouring of celebration and relief across the country.


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