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verb (used without object)
  1. to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth; vomit.

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.

  1. something that is spewed; vomit.

Origin of spew

First recorded 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
  • Sometimes spue .

Other words from spew

  • spewer, noun
  • un·spewed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spew


/ (spjuː) /

  1. to eject (the contents of the stomach) involuntarily through the mouth; vomit

  2. to spit (spittle, phlegm, etc) out of the mouth

  1. (usually foll by out) to send or be sent out in a stream: flames spewed out

  1. something ejected from the mouth

Origin of spew

Old English spīwan; related to Old Norse spӯja, Gothic speiwan, Old High German spīwan, Latin spuere, Lithuanian spiauti
  • Also (archaic): spue

Derived forms of spew

  • spewer, noun

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