- darkened or colored by exposure to ammonia fumes, as oak and other wood.
Origin of fumed
- 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.
- 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.
- to rise, or pass off, as fumes: smoke fuming from an ashtray.
- to emit fumes: The leaky pipe fumed alarmingly.
Origin of fume
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Examples from the Web for fumed
The interests of millions, he fumed, were in “the hands of about twenty coxcombs.”Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy
February 16, 2014
“They are sidestepping the SNC,” fumed Mohammed Sarmini, an SNC spokesman.Why Hillary Clinton Snubbed the Syrian National Council on Istanbul Visit
August 14, 2012
The stymied Tareq fumed for the rest of the day, announcing that “their star, Michaele” would not attend the official wrap party.Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s Hellish Divorce
January 5, 2012
“A nation whose people can't say 'Merry Christmas' is a nation capable of ruining its own economy,” he fumed on November 20.Who Started the War on Christmas?
December 9, 2008
Dick paddled and fumed and splashed water and got more excited.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
If any one (except my father) had called me a fool for my pains, how I should have fired and fumed!Barnaby Rudge
Mr. Bartlett, the passenger, had been on time and had fumed and fretted at the delay.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
I thrashed him while he fumed and foamed, and cursed and swore.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
There was no excuse for their heartless conduct, he fumed indignantly.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
- (of wood, esp oak) having a dark colour and distinctive grain from exposure to ammonia fumes
- (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
Word Origin and History for fumed
late 14c., from Old French fum "smoke, steam, vapor, breath," from Latin fumus "smoke, steam, fume" (source of Italian fumo, Spanish humo), from PIE *dheu- (cf. Sanskrit dhumah, Old Church Slavonic dymu, Lithuanian dumai, Old Prussian dumis "smoke," Middle Irish dumacha "fog," Greek thymos "spirit, mind, soul").
c.1400, "to fumigate," from Old French fumer, from Latin fumare "to smoke, steam," from fumus "smoke, steam, fume" (see fume (n.)). Figurative sense of "show anger" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Fumed; fumes; fuming.
- Smoke, vapor, or gas, especially if irritating, harmful, or smelly.