fume

[ fyoom ]
/ fyum /

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.

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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 of fume

Word Origin for fume

C14: from Old French fum, from Latin fūmus smoke, vapour
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Scientific definitions for fumes

fume
[ fyōōm ]

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