- to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
- 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.
Origin of spew
- an archaic spelling of spew
- 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
Word Origin 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.
"vomited matter," c.1600, from spew (v.).