- to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
- to eject from the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
- to cast forth, gush, or eject, as in disgust or anger: The angry sergeant spewed his charges at us.
- something that is spewed; vomit.
Origin of spew
Related Words for speweject, spit, belch, cascade, erupt, vomit, gush, heave, scatter, expel, disgorge, puke, flood, spread, regurgitate, eruct, spritz, irrupt
Examples from the Web for spew
Contemporary Examples of spew
Especially not by the faceless boogymen that spew threats with no accountability.Sarah Silverman’s History of Pro-Woman, Liberal, and Vagina-Related Activism
October 8, 2014
Look, Hice has every right to spew his hate from the pulpit to those who chose to attend his services.Jody Hice: Mr. Bigot Goes to Washington?
June 24, 2014
As I listen to myself and the real Bert spew inanities, I feel terrible, as if I am mocking a world before its very benefactors.My Great Art-Hoax Experiment
December 9, 2012
Small homes often have only kerosene lamps to provide light, which spew toxins equivalent to two packs of cigarettes a day.sOccket Inventors: Being Young and Stubborn Helps Innovation
March 9, 2012
I “embrace” my “otherness,” to spew that overused phrase of early '90s identity reclamation.Norway’s New Cultural Anxiety
July 24, 2011
Historical Examples of spew
The other day when he came home, I could do nothing but spew and spew.The Power of Darkness
I've got him here, at my mercy: is it likely that I shouldn't be able to make him spew up his secret?The Three Eyes
Fire will blacken the earth; flood will swallow and spew forth the soil.Our Southern Highlanders
If you strike me,” said he, “I will make you spew out your tongue.The Legend of Ulenspiegel
Charles de Coster
She eats that she may spew up and she spews up that she may eat.In a German Pension
- to eject (the contents of the stomach) involuntarily through the mouth; vomit
- to spit (spittle, phlegm, etc) out of the mouth
- (usually foll by out) to send or be sent out in a streamflames spewed out
- something ejected from the mouth
Word Origin for spew
Old English spiwan "spew, spit," from Proto-Germanic *spiwanan (cf. Old Saxon spiwan, Old Norse spyja, Old Frisian spiwa, Middle Dutch spien, Dutch spuwen, Old High German spiwan, German speien, Gothic spiewan "to spit"), from PIE *sp(y)eu-, probably ultimately of imitative origin (cf. Latin spuere, Greek ptuein, Old Church Slavonic pljuja, Lithuanian spiauti). Also in Old English as a weak verb, speowan. Related: Spewed; spewing.
"vomited matter," c.1600, from spew (v.).