fume

[ fyoom ]
/ fyum /
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noun

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.

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.

Nearby words

  1. fumaric acid,
  2. fumarole,
  3. fumatorium,
  4. fumatory,
  5. fumble,
  6. fume cupboard,
  7. fumed,
  8. fumet,
  9. fumeuse,
  10. fumigant

Origin of fume

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French fum < Latin fūmus smoke, steam, fume

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British Dictionary definitions for fumes

fume

/ (fjuːm) /

verb

(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

noun

(often plural) a pungent or toxic vapour
a sharp or pungent odour
a condition of anger
Derived Forms

Word Origin for fume

C14: from Old French fum, from Latin fūmus smoke, vapour

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Word Origin and History for fumes
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Science definitions for fumes

fume

[ fyōōm ]

Smoke, vapor, or gas, especially if irritating, harmful, or smelly.
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