spue

[spyoo]

spew

or spue

[spyoo]
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.
noun
  1. something that is spewed; vomit.

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.

  • 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

spue

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

spew

verb
  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
noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for spue

spew

v.

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.

spew

n.

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

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