- 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 fuming
Fuming Iranian officials blamed the United States and United Kingdom for backing the militants, and Pakistan for inaction.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Leonid, the owner of the hotel, whom we had met in the restaurant the night before, was fuming.For Ukrainians on Holiday, the Carpathians Are the New Crimea
July 14, 2014
Durbin, in particular, was fuming when he left the meeting, according to a knowledgeable source.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
December 12, 2013
I screamed that at him, I was fuming mad, that if I was a cartoon you could actually see me blowing smoke out of my ears.50 Shades of Fall TV: New Girl, Scandal, and More Television Fan Fiction
October 16, 2013
As the gatekeeper to Battery Park, Mike will likely have to deal with hundreds of fuming tourists each day.New York’s Tourists Are Laughing at Us
October 1, 2013
But why rasp your nerves and spoil your digestion by so fuming over their politics?In the Valley
Mr. Galloway was fuming and fretting at the non-arrival of his clerk, Mr. Jenkins.The Channings
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Jeff made his way past the fuming candidate and walked on, speculating.The Prisoner
But wasn't it fun to see old Mudge fuming while I kept him waiting.Paul Prescott's Charge
On top of this moodiness a violence of temper, a stewing, cursing, fuming about.Erik Dorn
- (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 fuming
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.
- Producing or emitting smoke or vapor, as for certain concentrated nitric, sulfuric, and hydrochloric acids.
- Smoke, vapor, or gas, especially if irritating, harmful, or smelly.