or spue

[ spyoo ]
/ spyu /

verb (used without object)

to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth; vomit.

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. sperry, elmer ambrose,
  2. sperry, roger wolcott,
  3. sperrylite,
  4. spessartite,
  5. speug,
  6. spey,
  7. speyer,
  8. spezia,
  9. spezia, la,
  10. spf

Origin of spew

before 900; Middle English spewen to vomit, cast forth foul language, Old English spīwan to vomit; cognate with German speien, Old Norse spȳja, Gothic speiwan, Latin spuere

Related formsspew·er, nounun·spewed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spew


/ (spjuː) /


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
Also (archaic): spue

Derived Formsspewer, noun

Word Origin for spew

Old English spīwan; related to Old Norse spӯja, Gothic speiwan, Old High German spīwan, Latin spuere, Lithuanian spiauti

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