Definition of pour in English:


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no object, with adverbial of direction
  • 1Flow rapidly in a steady stream.

    ‘water poured off the roof’
    • ‘black smoke poured out of the engine’
    • ‘words poured from his mouth’
    stream, flow, run, gush, cascade, course, spout, jet, spurt, flood, surge, spill, rush, well, spew, discharge
    gush out, spew out, spurt out, spout out
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial of direction Cause (a liquid) to flow from a container in a steady stream.
      • ‘she poured a little whisky into a glass’
      stream, flow, run, gush, cascade, course, spout, jet, spurt, flood, surge, spill, rush, well, spew, discharge
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    2. 1.2with object Prepare and serve (a drink)
      ‘he poured a cup of coffee’
      • ‘Harry poured her a drink’
  • 2Come or go in a steady stream and in large numbers.

    • ‘people poured out of the train’
    throng, crowd, swarm, stream, flood, gush, teem
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  • 3no object (of rain) fall heavily.

    ‘the storm clouds gathered and the rain poured down’
    • ‘it's pouring with rain’
    rain hard, rain heavily, teem down, pelt down, tip down, beat down, lash down, sheet down, come down in sheets, come down in torrents, rain cats and dogs
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/pôr/ /pɔr/


On the confusion of pour and pore, see pore


    pour it on
    North American informal
    • Progress or work quickly or with all one's energy.

      • ‘we really poured it on as the season progressed’
      • ‘He really pours it on at the end, when the demons return to their graves; it's a mournful theme that makes you feel sorry for the damned.’
      • ‘As we melted with the feeling of the song, he poured it on.’
      • ‘Yesterday I really poured it on and ended up at under 2,000 calories.’
      • ‘In the third quarter, he poured it on, racking up 19 points in his inimitably blue-collar fashion.’
      • ‘He played to a small audience accompanying himself on guitar and just poured it on.’
      • ‘And I think he still can pull it out on Tuesday, but he's got to really pour it on in the few days.’
      • ‘Atmosphere, dread and horror are things that come naturally to him and here he pours it on liberally.’
      • ‘If you get 21 points up on somebody, you don't need to keep pouring it on.’
      • ‘After Sunday's game he spoke of pouring it on at the end to ‘demoralize’ his opponents, as if merely winning by 20 and scoring 70 wouldn't do the trick - it had to be 80.’
      • ‘We came out and just jumped on them and kept pouring it on.’
    pour oil on troubled waters
    • Try to settle a disagreement or dispute with words intended to placate or pacify those involved.

      ‘Needless to say, this sort of rumor-mongering has no place in American politics, and we're proud to be pouring oil on troubled waters, instead of fanning the flames.’
      • ‘One African minister advised against ‘pouring oil on troubled waters’.’
      • ‘Pity that their back-benchers brought up the issue on a quiet news day before the last World Cup and have not ceased pouring oil on troubled waters since.’
      • ‘And the newspapers Down Under have hardly been pouring oil on troubled waters.’
      • ‘Property management companies are less easy to fix, but some research involving a trade catalogue for cast iron drain parts has proved to be enlightening, and some sensible financial management ideas pour oil on troubled waters.’
      • ‘Now a local MP is trying to pour oil on troubled waters by enlisting the help of the Bishop to act as peacekeeper.’
      • ‘And in a move guaranteed to pour oil on troubled waters, the store has asked the band to play a promotional concert on its premises.’
      • ‘In the end we decided the best thing for him to do is to soldier on, to pour oil on troubled waters in liberal quantities and to live with the problem.’
      • ‘In a week of such in-house turbulence, the return to first-team duty is a welcome snippet of positive news to pour oil on troubled waters.’
      • ‘The great diplomat has arrived to pour oil on troubled waters.’
    when it rains it pours
    • Misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or to arrive all at the same time.

Phrasal Verbs

    pour into
    • 1pour something into somethingContribute money to an enterprise or project in copious amounts.

      • ‘Belgium has been pouring money into the company’
    • 2pour oneself into something humorous (of a woman) put on a tight-fitting garment.

      • ‘I poured myself into a short Lycra skirt’
    pour out
    • 1pour something out, pour out somethingCause a liquid to flow from a container into a cup or other vessel.

      ‘Andy is pouring out two glasses of Coke’
      • ‘the wine is poured out’
    • 2pour something out, pour out somethingExpress one's feelings in an unrestrained way.

      ‘in his letters, Edward poured out his hopes’
      • ‘Anna pours out her personal problems’


Middle English of unknown origin.