- 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.
Tea being poured into 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 on☆ Slang
- 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 peu&schwa;- 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 (â€œto pourâ€). Origin uncertain. Likely of Celtic origin, from Celtic base *purr- (â€œto jerk, throw (water)â€). Akin to Welsh bwrw (â€œto cast; to strike; to rainâ€), Scottish Gaelic purr (â€œto push, thrust, urge, driveâ€), Irish purraim (â€œI push, I jerkâ€).
Displaced native Middle English schenchen, schenken (â€œto pourâ€) (from Old English scencan (â€œto pour outâ€)), Èeoten, yetten (â€œto pourâ€) (from Old English Ä¡Ä“otan (â€œto pourâ€)), temen (â€œto pour out, emptyâ€) (from Old Norse tÇ¿ma (â€œto pour out, emptyâ€)), birlen (â€œto pour, serve drink toâ€) (from Old English byrelian (â€œto pour, serve drink toâ€)), hellen (â€œto pour, pour outâ€) (from Old Norse hella (â€œto pour out, inclineâ€)).