shower 1[shou-er] SynonymsExamplesWord Originnoun
- a brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow.
- Also called shower bath. a bath in which water is sprayed on the body, usually from an overhead perforated nozzle (showerhead).
- the apparatus for this or the room or stall enclosing it.
- a large supply or quantity: a shower of wealth.
- a party given for a bestowal of presents of a specific kind, especially such a party for a prospective bride or prospective mother: a linen shower; a baby shower.
- a fall of many objects, as tears, sparks, or missiles.
- Astronomy. air shower.
- showers, a room or area equipped with several showerheads or stalls for use by a number of people at the same time.
verb (used with object)
- to bestow liberally or lavishly.
- to deluge (a person) with gifts, favors, etc.: She was showered with gifts on her birthday.
- to bathe (oneself) in a shower bath.
verb (used without object)
- to rain in a shower.
- to take a shower bath.
- send to the showers, Baseball.
- to replace (a pitcher) during a game, usually because he or she is ineffective: The coach sent him to the showers after he walked three batters in a row.
- to cause (a pitcher) to be replaced in a game, as by getting many hits off him or her; knock out of the box: Two home runs and a line-drive double sent her to the showers.
Origin of shower 1 before 950; Middle English shour (noun), Old English scūr; cognate with German Schauer, Old Norse skūr, Gothic skūra Related formsshow·er·less, adjectiveshow·er·like, adjectiveun·show·ered, adjectiveun·show·er·ing, adjectivewell-show·ered, adjectiveSynonyms for shower flood, deluge, torrent, stream. shower 2[shoh-er] noun4.
- a person or thing that shows.
Origin of shower 2 before 900; Middle English shewere, Old English scēawere, derivative of scēawian to show, see -er1 Related Words for shower deluge, downpour, rain, flood, hail, storm, drizzle, sleet, rainstorm, drench, spray, sprinkle, pour, pamper, cloudburst, thunderstorm, patter, fall, mist, give Examples from the Web for shower Contemporary Examples of shower
“Wait…” Suddenly a huge, graceful black marlin leaps out of the water, sending a shower of water ten feet high.
January 3, 2015
I was so relieved, until I thought about my dirty pantyhose hanging on the shower at home.
December 24, 2014
His explanation only diminishes the irresistible excitement we feel while watching Tony Perkins peer at Janet Leigh in her shower.
December 13, 2014
One measly year later, Pam woke to find a naked Ewing grinning at her in the shower.
December 11, 2014
They go into the bathroom, and he asks her to sit by him in the shower.
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of shower
I was too far to hear him, but the people broke out with a shower of sticks and stones.
So far above the shower had been his head, that not a hair of it was moistened by the rain-drops!
I left my winders open, and I think there’s a shower comin’ up.
A shower of red-hot stones warned him that he was near the volcano.
Mary Catherine Judd
Once more may the rustling of the shower refresh our longing ears!
British Dictionary definitions for shower shower 1 noun
- a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow
- a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light
- a rush; outpouringa shower of praise
- a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle
- the room, booth, etc, containing such a bathFull name: shower bath
- British slang a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc
- US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride
- a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere
- NZ a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc
- (tr) to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a showershower the powder into the milk
- (often with it as subject) to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower
- (tr) to give (gifts, etc) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc)they showered gifts on him
- (intr) to take a shower
Derived Formsshowery, adjectiveWord Origin for shower Old English scūr; related to Old Norse skūr, Old High German skūr shower, Latin caurus northwest wind shower 2 noun
- a person or thing that shows
Word Origin and History for shower n.1
Old English scur “a short fall of rain, storm, tempest; fall of missiles or blows; struggle, commotion; breeze,” from West Germanic *skuraz (cf. Old Norse skur, Old Saxon and Old Frisian scur “fit of illness;” Old High German scur, German Schauer “shower, downpour;” Gothic skura, in skura windis “windstorm”), from PIE root *kew-(e)ro- “north, north wind” (cf. Latin caurus “northwest wind;” Old Church Slavonic severu “north, north wind;” Lithuanian šiaurus “raging, stormy,” šiaurys “north wind,” šiaure “north”).
Of blood, tears, etc., from c.1400. Of meteors from 1835. Sense of “bath in which water is poured from above” first recorded 1851 (short for shower-bath, itself attested from 1803). Meaning “large number of gifts bestowed on a bride” (1904, American English colloquial) later was extended to the party at which it happens (1926). Shower curtain attested from 1914.
1570s, “come down in showers;” 1580s, “to discharge a shower,” from shower (n.1). Intransitive sense from 1930. Related: Showered; showering.
“one who shows,” Old English sceawere “spectator, watchtower, mirror,” agent noun; see show (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with shower shower
see cold shower.