or spue

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for spuing


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



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.).

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