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verb (used without object)
  1. to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to eject from the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
  2. to cast forth, gush, or eject, as in disgust or anger: The angry sergeant spewed his charges at us.
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  1. something that is spewed; vomit.
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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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Related Words for spew

eject, spit, belch, cascade, erupt, vomit, gush, heave, scatter, expel, disgorge, puke, flood, spread, regurgitate, eruct, spritz, irrupt

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Historical Examples of spew

  • The other day when he came home, I could do nothing but spew and spew.

  • 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

    Maurice Leblanc

  • Fire will blacken the earth; flood will swallow and spew forth the soil.

  • 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

    Katherine Mansfield

British Dictionary definitions for spew


  1. to eject (the contents of the stomach) involuntarily through the mouth; vomit
  2. to spit (spittle, phlegm, etc) out of the mouth
  3. (usually foll by out) to send or be sent out in a streamflames spewed out
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  1. something ejected from the mouth
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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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Word Origin and History 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.

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"vomited matter," c.1600, from spew (v.).

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