Tea being poured into a glass.
- The definition of a pour is a heavy rain.
An example of a pour is a heavy rainstorm.
- To pour is defined as for a liquid to flow or drop onto something, or to rain heavily.
An example of to pour is to transfer iced tea from a jug to a glass.
- to cause to flow in a continuous stream
- to emit, discharge, supply, utter, etc. profusely or steadily
Origin of pourMiddle English pouren from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to flow freely, continuously, or copiously
- to rain heavily
- to rush in a crowd; swarm
- to serve as a hostess at a reception or the like by pouring the tea, coffee, etc. for the guests
- an act of pouring
- a heavy rain or downpour
pour it onSlang
- to flatter profusely
- to increase one's efforts greatly, work very hard, etc.
- to go very fast
verbpoured, pour·ing, pours
- a. To cause (a liquid or granular solid) to stream or flow, as from a container: poured tea from the pot into the cup.b. To pour a liquid or particles into (a container): poured a glass of milk.c. To empty (a container) of a liquid or granular solid: poured a bucket of sand on the ground.
- To send forth, produce, express, or utter copiously, as if in a stream or flood: poured money into the project; poured out my inner thoughts.
- To stream or flow continuously or profusely: Water poured over the dam.
- To rain hard or heavily: It has been pouring for an hour.
- To pass or proceed in large numbers or quantity: Students poured into the auditorium.
- To serve a beverage, such as tea or coffee, to a gathering: We need someone to pour.
Origin of pourMiddle English pouren perhaps from Old North French purer to sift, pour out from Latin pūrāre to purify from pūrus pure ; see peuə- in Indo-European roots.
(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.
- The act of pouring.
- Something, or an amount, poured.
- (colloquial) A stream, or something like a stream; especially a flood of precipitation.
- A pour of rain. --Miss Ferrier.
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")).