(third-person singular simple present pours, present participle pouring, simple past and past participle poured)
- To cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of a vessel or into it.
- to pour water from a pail; to pour wine into a decanter; to pour oil upon the waters; to pour out sand or dust.
- To send forth as in a stream or a flood; to emit; to let escape freely or wholly.
- To send forth from, as in a stream; to discharge uninterruptedly.
- (intransitive) To flow, pass or issue in or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours.
- The people poured out of the theater.
From Middle English pouren, pouren (“to pour"). Origin uncertain. Likely of Celtic origin, from Celtic base *purr- (“to jerk, throw (water)"). Akin to Welsh bwrw (“to cast; to strike; to rain"), Scottish Gaelic purr (“to push, thrust, urge, drive"), Irish purraim (“I push, I jerk").
Displaced native Middle English schenchen, schenken (“to pour") (from Old English scencan (“to pour out")), Èeoten, yetten (“to pour") (from Old English Ä¡Ä“otan (“to pour")), temen (“to pour out, empty") (from Old Norse tÇ¿ma (“to pour out, empty")), birlen (“to pour, serve drink to") (from Old English byrelian (“to pour, serve drink to")), hellen (“to pour, pour out") (from Old Norse hella (“to pour out, incline")).