shower (n.1)

Old English scur "a short fall of rain, storm, tempest; fall of missiles or blows; struggle, commotion; breeze," from Proto-Germanic *skuraz (source also of 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" (source also of Latin caurus "northwest wind;" Old Church Slavonic severu "north, north wind;" Lithuanian šiaurus "raging, stormy," šiaurys "north wind," šiaurė "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.

shower (v.)

1570s, "come down in showers;" 1580s, "to discharge a shower," from shower (n.1). Intransitive sense from 1930. Related: Showered; showering.

shower (n.2)

"one who shows," Old English sceawere "spectator, watchtower, mirror," agent noun; see show (v.).

updated on February 01, 2018

Definitions of shower from WordNet
shower (n.)
a plumbing fixture that sprays water over you;
they installed a shower in the bathroom
shower (n.)
washing yourself by standing upright under water sprayed from a nozzle;
he took a shower after the game
Synonyms: shower bath
shower (n.)
a brief period of precipitation;
the game was interrupted by a brief shower
Synonyms: rain shower
shower (n.)
a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower;
a little shower of rose petals
Synonyms: cascade
shower (n.)
someone who organizes an exhibit for others to see;
Synonyms: exhibitor / exhibitioner
shower (n.)
a party of friends assembled to present gifts (usually of a specified kind) to a person;
her friends organized a baby shower for her when she was expecting
shower (v.)
expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns;
He was showered with praise
Synonyms: lavish
shower (v.)
spray or sprinkle with;
The guests showered rice on the couple
shower (v.)
take a shower; wash one's body in the shower;
You should shower after vigorous exercise
shower (v.)
rain abundantly;
Meteors showered down over half of Australia
Synonyms: shower down
shower (v.)
provide abundantly with;
He showered her with presents
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