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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a gushing speech
▪ Heard in the context of his and Holly's gushing sympathy, it sounded very like the truth.
▪ With her bouffant hairdo, elaborate plumage, gushing charm and bright smile she is a caricature of a countess.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gush \Gush\ (g[u^]sh), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gushed (g[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Gushing.] [OE. guschen, cf. Icel. gusa and gjsa, also D. gucsen; perh. akin to AS. ge['o]tan to pour, G. giessen, Goth. giutan, E. gut. Cf. Found to cast.]

  1. To issue with violence and rapidity, as a fluid; to rush forth as a fluid from confinement; to flow copiously.

    He smote the rock that the waters gushed out.
    --Ps ixxviii 20.

    A sea of blood gushed from the gaping wound.

  2. To make a sentimental or untimely exhibition of affection; to display enthusiasm in a silly, demonstrative manner.


Gushing \Gush"ing\, a.

  1. Rushing forth with violence, as a fluid; flowing copiously; as, gushing waters. ``Gushing blood.''

  2. Emitting copiously, as tears or words; weakly and unreservedly demonstrative in matters of affection; sentimental. [Colloq.]

  1. 1 Flowing forth suddenly or violently. 2 Inclined to gush; effusive. n. The act or motion of something that gushes. v

  2. (present participle of gush English)

  1. adj. flowing profusely; "a gushing hydrant"; "pouring flood waters" [syn: pouring]

  2. uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm; "a novel told in burbly panting tones" [syn: burbling, burbly, effusive]

  3. extravagantly demonstrative; "insincere and effusive demonstrations of sentimental friendship"; "a large gushing female"; "write unrestrained and gushy poetry" [syn: effusive, emotional, gushing(a), gushy]

Usage examples of "gushing".

Yet just at that moment Biddie Byce rushed toward her, loudly gushing her name.

Where Bleak Fell sank in the north, the Blackwater curved to meet the Elfinwater on its journey oceanward, and at that point the names of both rivers changed, for though mighty, they became but feudatories to the thundering Ravenswater gushing down from the east.

Tiberias sank to the earth, still laughing ghastlily through a gurgle of gushing blood.

In turning over, his face had come close to the big ashtray as it was oversetting and to the gushing kirschwasser bottle and he had gotten whiffs of stinking tobacco tar and stinging, bitter alcohol.

A great wall of water gushing brownly through the scrubby low mopane woodland makes a roaring sound like a thousand Cape buffalo galloping over hollow ground.

Up the slopes of the ridge yellow naphtha fires flared like unnatural flowers, stinking of brimstone, gushing oily black smoke.

Gushings, Athelings, and Opie Greens for the sincerity of their religion.

With a final, almost puppyish yelp it crumpled to the floor, blood gushing into the tan carpet.

And several times Eddi Amsel produced a painful likeness of these shameful positions with dashing rich-black brush, with scratching spread-foot pen, with gushing and gifted bamboo quill.

With no trouble at all I could remember endless incidents, spunk gushing in swimmable quantities.

In twos and threes, the mujaheddin crossed the gushing torrent in a bamboo cage suspended from a thick wire and tugged across by hand.

He spurred his mount on with another mantra, riding to the aid of the fallen horseman trapped beneath his own mount, its head hacked off and still gushing dark blood, everything coated with a thick layer of brownish-black offal streaked with patches of mucous slime.

The central current, checked by the islets filling about a third of the total breadth of the river, funnelled at the gaps in midstream, gushing through with the speed of a mill-race.

A twenty-four pounder hulled the Sophie low under the counter, and at once the pumps began gushing sea as well as fresh water.

Swedish finished maple floor, smile glued on, opening his hands and mouth, about to launch into some gushing praise of the art, and I felt reality shudder and stretch, and a stream of alternate worlds purled forth from this one, like soap bubbles when you blow through the filmy circle on the plastic wand.