[ fyoom ]
/ fyum /
Often fumes . any smokelike or vaporous exhalation from matter or substances, especially of an odorous or harmful nature: tobacco fumes; noxious fumes of carbon monoxide.
an irritable or angry mood: He has been in a fume ever since the contract fell through.
verb (used with object), fumed, fum·ing.
to emit or exhale, as fumes or vapor: giant stacks fuming their sooty smoke.
to treat with or expose to fumes.
to show fretful irritation or anger: She always fumes when the mail is late.
verb (used without object), fumed, fum·ing.
to rise, or pass off, as fumes: smoke fuming from an ashtray.
to emit fumes: The leaky pipe fumed alarmingly.
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Origin of fume
1350–1400; Middle English <Old French fum<Latin fūmus smoke, steam, fume
OTHER WORDS FROM fume
fumeless, adjectivefumelike, adjectivefumer, nounfum·ing·ly, adverb
Definition for fume (2 of 2)
[ fy-mey ]
/ füˈmeɪ /
of food, cured or flavored by exposure to smoke; smoked.
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British Dictionary definitions for fume
/ (fjuːm) /
(intr) to be overcome with anger or fury; rage
to give off (fumes) or (of fumes) to be given off, esp during a chemical reaction
(tr) to subject to or treat with fumes; fumigate
(often plural) a pungent or toxic vapour
a sharp or pungent odour
a condition of anger
Derived forms of fume
fumeless, adjectivefumelike, adjectivefumer, nounfumingly, adverb
Word Origin for fume
C14: from Old French fum, from Latin fūmus smoke, vapour
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Scientific definitions for fume
[ fyōōm ]
Smoke, vapor, or gas, especially if irritating, harmful, or smelly.
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