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noun, verb (used with or without object), spued, spu·ing.
  1. spew.
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or spue

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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Examples from the Web for spue

Historical Examples of spue

  • So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

    The Revelation Explained

    F. Smith

  • I persuade you, that God is wringing grapes of red wine for Scotland; and that this land shall drink, and spue and fall.

  • So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

  • So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out.

  • If one of these uses can be made of him, let him not long offend the stomach of your company; your best way is to spue him out.

British Dictionary definitions for spue


verb spues, spuing or spued
  1. an archaic spelling of spew
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Derived Formsspuer, noun


  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 spue



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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